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Dominica in tatters weeks after Maria: 'We saw everything totally destroyed'

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Things are slowly improving after the devastation of its strongest hurricane on record, but much of the island is still isolated without power and water

More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Dominica – pelting it with winds of nearly 160mph and stripping it of vegetation – aid workers and officials say that much of the island remains without power and water, and cut off from communications.

The island of 71,000 people was the first to bear the brunt of the category 5 hurricane when it struck in mid-September. “My roof is gone,” Roosevelt Skerrit, the island’s prime minister, wrote on Facebook as the storm made landfall. “I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”

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