Third of buildings on Dutch St. Martin destroyed

Nearly one third of the buildings in the Dutch-ruled section of storm-battered St. Martin have been destroyed, the Dutch Red Cross said Tuesday. More than 90 percent of the structures on the island were damaged in Hurricane Irma .

The Dutch Red Cross made the assessment based on photographs provided by the Defense Ministry in the Netherlands, as well as a survey of 5,500 structures before the storm.

Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest storms ever recorded, but for many residents, the aftermath was even more menacing.

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