Dutch government: 4 Irma deaths on St. Maarten

Residents assess the damage after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Marigot, on the island of St. Martin, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The island is divided between French Saint-Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten. (AP Photo/Amandine Ascensio)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) ---Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the death toll caused by Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean territory of St. Maarten has risen to four.

Rutte said Sunday, "unfortunately there are more victims to mourn" after the bodies of two people washed up on the island. He says the identities of the victims are not yet known.

One of the four people listed as victims by the Dutch authorities died of natural causes as the Category 5 hurricane lashed St. Maarten, badly damaging or destroying 70 percent of homes on the Dutch part of the Caribbean island.

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