1600 tourists leave St. Maarten, 1200 remain

The Caribbean islands took the brunt of Hurricane Irma's fury.

Macron's visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes nearly a week since Hurricane Irma roared over the region as a maximum Category Five storm, leaving at least 10 dead on French territory and a wide trail of destruction.

He brought with him 10 tonnes of supplies, but there is demand for much more.

It's estimated that up to 95 percent of the island's buildings were flattened during the storm leaving nearly all of the 1,600 inhabitants homeless.

Many on St Martin, an island which is divided between France and The Netherlands and known for its vibrant nightlife and pristine beaches, had been concerned about how to shelter from the second storm.

The hurricane caused unprecedented destruction in the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, St Martin, St Barts, Puetro Rico, St Kitts & Nevis, and Haiti. But St. Martin residents interviewed by CNN affiliate BFMTV said that French police and soldiers have had little presence on the ground, and reported widespread looting.

Macron traveled last night to St. Martin, where French government minister, Annick Girardin, has been visited such a territory for several days.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who arrived on Monday, said the scenes of devastation he witnessed on St Maarten in the hurricane's aftermath were the worst he had ever seen.

Commissioner Christos Stylianides, calling it a "moral duty to help those in need whose lives and homes are being destroyed or severely threatened", said the European Union would dig into its pockets again if needed. Now residents and tourists are looking for gas, food, and water.

Britain, too, has faced criticism that it has been slow to help its citizens caught up in the disaster - including in the British Virgin Islands, where five people were killed.

Saint Martin was badly damaged by the monster storm, which was a Category 5 when it hit.

"So the number of victims has risen to four", he said, after Irma devastated the island, shared with France, on Wednesday.

A 59-member search-and-rescue team composed of doctors, rescue personnel and emergency workers was also dispatched on Monday to the island.

Speaking on CNN, Stacey Plaskett, delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for the U.S. Virgin Islands, said there was no real looting occurring, but rather desperate people scrambling for scarce supplies.

Orlando Smith, premier of the British Virgin Islands, said the situation was "critical" as he asked for immediate aid from the British government. The agency also said more security was needed to control an outbreak of looting.

He told residents of hard-hit Saint Martin that they had "complete solidarity" from the entire French nation.

State media reported over 71,000 chickens perished in the storm, and more than 12,000 acres of vegetables and fruit plantations were left severely damaged - 4,188 of them to banana plantations.

Meanwhile, Dutch tourists stranded for days on St. Maarten are hoping to finally get flights home.