NY,Sept7:Robert De Niro has promised to help rebuild Barbuda after it was devastated by the lethal Hurricane Irma.
The Goodfellas and Taxi Driver star, who is planning to open a luxury resort on the Caribbean island, said he will work with the Barbuda Council to rebuild ‘what nature has taken away from us’.
It comes after Irma wreaked ‘absolute devastation’ on Barbuda, leaving it ‘barely habitable’ and destroying 90 per cent of homes on the island, according to officials.
But De Niro’s Paradise Found Nobu Resort – which he is developing with the billionaire James Packer – is set to help with repairs, according to TMZ.
Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, suffered ‘absolute devastation’ with more than 90 per cent of dwellings completely destroyed, a child killed and 60 per cent of the population left homeless.
‘It is just a total devastation. Barbuda is literally rubble,’ Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told ABS TV Radio in Antigua.
He added that the island, which is home to 1,800 people, was left ‘barely habitable’.
‘The entire housing stock was damaged… Some have lost whole roofs. Some properties have been totally demolished,’ he said.