USA-Hurricane Irma/Key Largo

Key Largo residents return home after Hurricane Irma

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Tampa, Florida, USA - Sept 10, 2017
++Source: China Central Television (CCTV)++
1. Various of locals walking on mud flat

Key Largo, Florida, USA - Sept 12, 2017
++Source: China Global Television Network (CGTN)++
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Rakita, resident, Key Largo:
"The roof is off, and that seems to be the breaking point. If you have a roof over your head, you are in great shape. If not, the walls get damaged, the floor gets damaged. I'm here for six months, so all my stuff is new, and so you kiss that goodbye."

Florida Keys, USA - Sept 10, 2017
++Source: China Central Television (CCTV)++
3. Various of tree branches swaying outside hotel window

Key Largo, Florida, USA - Sept 12, 2017
++Source: China Global Television Network (CGTN)++
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Rakita, resident, Key Largo (ending in shot 5):
"You see this stuff on TV and it's abstract. Come home to that, that really isn't abstract anymore. It's shoveling garbage out of your living room."

Tampa, Florida, USA - Sept 11, 2017
++Source: China Central Television (CCTV)++
5. Various of toppled tree, broken tree branches

Key Largo, Florida, USA - Sept 12, 2017
++Source: China Global Television Network (CGTN)++
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Rakita, resident, Key Largo (ending with shots 7-8):
"The damage is probably going to be far worse than the insurance. I'm not sure what the thing is with FEMA. I'm new to this, as you might imagine. Going to find out how it works, and see how cooperative and how gracious our government is with this. Nobody here is happy about what's happened."

Florida Keys, USA - Sept 10, 2017
++Source: China Central Television (CCTV)++
7. Various of strong winds, heavy rain; road sign shaking

Tampa, Florida, USA - Sept 10, 2017
8. Locals walking on mud flat
9. Mud flat

Storyline


Residents of the island of Key Largo in Florida began to return their homes on Tuesday after Hurricane Irma rampaged through the coastal areas of the U.S. state.

However, many found they did not have a home to return to. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 90 percent of homes were either damaged or destroyed in the Florida Keys, a string of islands including Key Largo where the storm first made landfall.

Mark Rakita, a resident who moved to area six months ago, said their is extensive damage at his house.

"The roof is off, and that seems to be the breaking point. If you have a roof over your head, you are in great shape. If not, the walls get damaged, the floor gets damaged. I'm here for six months, so all my stuff is new, and so you kiss that goodbye," said Rakita.

The situation remains dire on the island after the devastating storm, as debris is scattered on the streets, and there is no food, water or electricity.

"You see this stuff on TV and it's abstract. Come home to that, that really isn't abstract anymore. It's shoveling garbage out of your living room," said Rakita.

It will be months before things return to normal after Hurricane Irma. Shocked by the severe damage, residents are looking to the government for some help outside of insurance coverage.

"The damage is probably going to be far worse than the insurance. I'm not sure what the thing is with FEMA. I'm new to this, as you might imagine. Going to find out how it works, and see how cooperative and how gracious our government is with this. Nobody here is happy about what's happened," said Rakita.

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  • ID : 8060898
  • Published : 2017-09-13 10:49
  • Last Modified : 2017-09-13 15:38:12
  • Location : Florida,United States
  • Category : disaster and accident
  • Duration : 1'15
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)/China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 3
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