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Richard Branson Calls for 'Marshall Plan' Style Recovery from Hurricane Irma

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In this Sept. 8, 2017 photo, people walk near debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. (Gabi Gonzalez via AP)

By    |   Monday, 11 September 2017 10:06 AM

Richard Branson, the British businessman and entrepreneur, called for a disaster recovery plan for areas such as the British Virgin Islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma.

"The region needs a 'Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan' for the BVI and other territories that will aid in recovery, sustainable reconstruction and long-term revitalization of the local economy," Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, wrote Sunday.

"It is clear to me creating jobs is paramount — there will be a huge amount of rebuilding to be done and people will need work to help rebuild their lives as well as their homes," Branson added.

The isolated region of the British Virgin Islands means support is not close by, Branson said.

"We must get more help to the islands to rebuild homes and infrastructure and restore power, clean water, and food supplies," he said.

"Our thoughts are with all the people and regions hit by Hurricane Irma, and all those in the U.S. communities currently facing the storm," Branson wrote in his Sunday post.

The entrepreneur noted that his company was mobilizing support for the British Red Cross in the area.

"I've lived in the BVI for a long time and I know this wonderful part of the world and its amazing people will bounce back stronger than ever," Branson wrote.

The Marshall Plan that Branson referenced channeled more than $13 billion to pay for the economic recovery of Europe in the years after World War II, from 1948 to 1951. It was named for then-Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who announced the plan in a Harvard University commencement speech on June 5, 1947.

Branson stayed on his private Necker Island in his wine cellar when Hurricane Irma hit, according to a Thursday report in The Sun.

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