When Hurricane Irma - the most powerful Atlantic storm in 10 years - hit the Caribbean at Category 5 this September, the effect was devastating. The destruction of houses on several Caribbean islands, including the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and St. Maarten, for example, was terrifying - and widespread. Not one area escaped unscathed.
DHL Express has small teams operating in both of those locations - 15 people on St. Maarten and 11 in the British Virgin Islands - and I would say 85 percent of them have either lost their homes completely, or their homes have been so badly damaged that they are currently uninhabitable. Our local General Manager left me a voicemail just as the hurricane hit and it's chilling to hear. Irma blew the roof off the apartment she was staying in. Like many others on these islands, she's now had to move in with family members or people whose homes have survived. Children have been sent away to relatives or friends in unaffected locations so that everyone can concentrate on rebuilding.