Guyanese Man Among Five Killed by Hurricane Irma in BVI


GEORGETOWN, GUYANA — A Guyanese businessman is among five persons who died in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as a result of Hurricane Irma, the Stabroek News, a daily newspaper in Guyana, has reported.

The newspaper reported that the deceased businessman, Derek Ragnauth, 55, had been residing in the BVI for the past nine years. He was originally from Good Hope, Mahaica and worked as a craftsman.

The main BVI island Tortola was severely hit by the hurricane which rampaged through the Caribbean last week. Several Guyanese over the years migrated to the BVI. Many live on the island of Tortola.

The Stabroek reported a family member of Ragnauth as saying that during the storm the father of two was in the company of his nephew and the nephew’s girlfriend when they received a phone call from a family member encouraging them to go to her house.

However, while the nephew and his girlfriend left, Ragnauth remained.

It was sometime later that the roof of Ragnauth’s shop caved in killing him.

The family member, according to, noted that since last Wednesday, they have been unable to make contact with their remaining family members in the area and would desperately like to bring Ragnauth’s body to Guyana for burial.