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British Virgin Islands premier pleads for long-term UK help

The premier of the British Virgin Islands on Sunday called for the UK to provide long-term support in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which killed five people in the territory. "We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core," Premier Orlando Smith said, describing the "critical" situation after the islands were struck by the superstorm. British military personnel have been deployed to the archipelago, with the Royal Navy on Sunday saying locals had helped a helicopter crew unload medical supplies, including vaccines.
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