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Video Of Devastation From Hurricane Maria Emerges Online--And It's Awful

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

It has been a devastating year for people affected by hurricanes. Harvey, Irma, and now Maria have made this one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons in recent memory. The Caribbean is the latest to be hit, with storms ravaging Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The Dominican government released footage that shows the destruction of Hurricane Maria:

Maria has caused at least 33 deaths so far across the Caribbean, many on the small island nation of 71,000 people. The storm hit Dominica particularly hard, with an estimated 80 percent of buildings damaged or destroyed.

While relief efforts have started, they are slow and not nearly enough, leaving residents pleading for help: