Former England footballer Emile Heskey has revealed that members of his family are still missing in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The ex-Liverpool striker said his relatives on the Caribbean island of Barbuda had been ‘wiped out’ by the Category 5 hurricane when it struck last Wednesday.
Heskey, 39, said that his parents now fear the worst as they have not been able to contact their relatives for almost a week.
Worry: Emile Heskey said his parents, who live on Antigua, have been unable to get in touch with their relatives on the island of Barbuda
The former footballer said his family, who live on neighbouring Antigua, were safe and sound, having escaped the worst of the hurricane.
‘My mum can’t get hold of them,’ a distraught Heskey said according to the BBC.
‘My mum and dad were fortunately lucky. They caught the tail end of it,’ he continued.
‘But my mum’s family is from Barbuda and they were basically wiped out. Everything is gone.’
Bad news: Heskey, pictured training with Bolton Wanderers in 2015, said his relatives had been ‘wiped out’ by Hurricane Irma
Destruction: A satellite image shows the town of Codrington on Barbuda on Friday, showing dozens of houses destroyed
Residents and and police officers are seen walking beside several destroyed houses on the Island of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma hit
Wiped out: Houses are seen in Codrington on Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma first made landfall on Barbuda, and island of some 1,600 residents, last Wednesday, with winds of up to 180 miles per hour.
The island suffered ‘absolute devastation,’ with up to 30 per cent of properties demolished, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said earlier this week.
Residents were issued with a mandatory evacuation order last week amid fears of a second hit from Hurricane Jose, which later tracked north-west, and hundreds were taken to Antigua.
As of Wednesday morning, the death toll in the wake of Irma stood at more than 40 people.
Fifteen were killed on Saint Martin and neighbouring Saint Barthelemy, ten in Cuba, nine in the British Caribbean islands, four in the US Virgin Islands, two in Puerto Rico, one in Barbuda and one in Haiti.
Islanders across the Caribbean, have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.