On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica with sustained winds of 260 km/h. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage and destruction in Dominica, one of the poorest countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The UN estimated that the entire population suffered direct damage to housing and livelihoods.On 29 September 2017 a Flash Appeal was launched, seeking US$31.1 million to support the relief operations for three months. As of 13 November, $11.7 million has been contributed, including $3.0 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund. An additional $19 million is urgently required to provide life-saving assistance for 65,000 people affected by the hurricane.
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