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1.2 million people ‘battered’ by Irma: Red Cross

GENEVA: An estimated 1.2 million people have already been "battered" by Hurricane Irma, a number that could surge to 26 million, the Red Cross said on Thursday. "Our worst fears have played out in Barbuda and elsewhere,” Walter Cotte, Americas director for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said in a statement. Irma -- one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record -- has turned the Caribbean islands of Barbuda and St Martin into mountains of rubble. The Geneva-based…