Houses ripped to shreds, power lines toppled, and cars smashed into the road: How Hurricane Maria left Dominica looking like an apocalyptic wasteland

Thursday, September 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Devastation on island of Dominica laid bare after it was ripped apart by 160mph winds from Hurricane Maria
Trees have been stripped bare, houses torn to pieces, and cars smashed into the road by the powerful storm
Aerial views show barely an inch of the island, which has a population of 73,000, has escaped unscathed
Hurricane Maria is still swirling in the Atlantic having struck Puerto Rico, leaving it without any power

21 September 2017

The post-apocalyptic destruction on Dominica has been laid bare in an exclusive set of pictures after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Houses have been torn to pieces, trees stripped bare and a car slammed into a road by falling debris after 160mph winds ripped through the Caribbean paradise to pieces and turned it into a nightmare.

In photographs taken on the ground, bewildered Dominicans can be seen wandering amid the wreckage of their homes. Buildings are completely destroyed, while a plume of black smoke curls into the air on the horizon.

A set of aerial photographs further illustrates the scale of the devastation suffered by the island, which has been under total communications blackout since the storm.

The pictures show row upon row of ruined houses with debris strewn all around. Entire forests have been stripped bare by the winds, and not a dwelling appears unscathed.

Although Dominica has a population of 73,000 people, the phone lines, internet and electricity are down, meaning that almost no news or pictures have emerged from the country since Maria struck.

Dominica is known as the ‘Island of 365 rivers’ on account of its numerous bodies of water that flow down the mountainous terrain of the island.

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