Sometimes words just don't suffice.

In Haiti, compelling images emerging from the Caribbean island depict a nation grappling to stave off a humanitarian crisis after being dealt a blow from Hurricane Matthew one week ago.

The National Civil Protection agency in Port-au-Prince lists the death toll at 473, but other reports say the number is at least 900.

Amid the anguish and heartache, however, there are stories of survival and grit as Haitians band together and take the recovery effort into their own hands.

Here is what Haiti – a nation still recovering from a massive earthquake in 2010 – looks like, one week after Matthew roared ashore.

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