Watch: CNN Virtual Reality Video Shows Irma Damage on Sint Maarten/Saint Martin Up Close

For people who weren’t on Sint Maarten/Saint Martin during Hurricane Irma, it’s difficult to understand the extent of the damage, even after looking through the seemingly never-ending stream photos and videos of the aftermath.

CNN produced a haunting 360-degree virtual reality video that takes us onto the island and offers viewers the ability to move the camera on the screen to see all sides of the damage. It’s probably the closest that those of us who haven’t been there first-hand can get to understanding the full impact of the destruction caused by Irma.

For the locals that call this island home, it’s a heartbreaking reality that they must face, day in and day out, compounded by the fact that Hurricane Maria is now bearing down on them. The citizens of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin need our help. Please donate to help them today.

Here’s the URL of the video if it doesn’t appear below.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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