In pictures: Irma devastates British Virgin Islands

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image captionIrma - a category five hurricane - struck the islands last Wednesday, causing widespread devastation
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image captionA BBC team has been on the ground for a few hours, sending these images from an area where most communications are still cut off
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image captionAt least five people are known to have been killed and a curfew has been imposed
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image captionThe storm - the strongest in the Atlantic in the past decade - flattened homes and ripped down trees
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image captionMany residents on the British overseas territory have lost almost everything
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image captionRoyal Engineers and Marine Commandos have arrived to help establish law and order and aid the recovery efforts
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image captionThe local authorities are yet to assess the full damage caused by the hurricane

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