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Canadian teacher finds Haitian town in ruins after Hurricane Matthew

Linda Brooks, a Canadian who set up a school in Haiti two years ago in the coastal town of Dame Marie, says that building and nearly all others in the community were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew last week.

Returns to one of the worst-hit communities, where school and homes are no more

Canadian teacher Linda Brooks toured the town of Dame-Marie and saw the widespread destruction left by Hurricane Matthew 5:11

Linda Brooks, a Canadian who set up a school in Haiti two years ago in the coastal town of Dame-Marie, says that building and nearly all others in the community were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew last week.

"I saw a city that looked like it had been bombed over and over again," she told CBC News on Sunday.

As for the school, "It's pretty much all gone," Brooks said. "The oceanfront is no more."

Homes along the oceanfront in the Haitian town of Dame-Marie were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. (Linda Brooks)

The Category 4 storm made landfall early Tuesday, the first one that powerful to hit Haiti in 52 years. 

Brooks headed back to Dame-Marie on the western tip of Haiti to survey the damage and help in any way she could. She described what she saw after returning to the capital, Port-au-Prince.

For CBC's full interview with Brooks, click on the video above, or here.

The only way to reach Dame-Marie is by boat or plane. The U.S. military will be going in this weekend to help with relief efforts. (Linda Brooks)
Even those on motorbikes are finding it difficult to get around what's left of the town. (Linda Brooks)