Local residents, financial services companies and British troops combine to help British Virgin Islanders reassemble their lives

“Thank God for life” is a common everyday expression on Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. But since Hurricane Irma smashed through the lush green landscape of the tiny British Caribbean territory less than two weeks ago, leaving at least five people dead, it has become a mantra.

As the scale of the devastation has become clear, the islands are now bracing for another battering, this time from tropical storm Maria later this week, which appears to be following Irma’s path.

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