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Puerto Rico Disaster in (20) Photos

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A broken traffic light, a street sign, and branches

Five days after Puerto Rico Disaster, Hurricane Maria made landfall, its devastating impact is becoming clearer. Most of the U.S. territory currently has no electricity or running water, fewer than 250 of the island’s 1,600 cellphone towers are operational, and damaged ports, roads, and airports are slowing the arrival and transport of aid. Communication has been severely limited and some remote towns are only now being contacted. Jenniffer Gonzalez, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, told the Associated Press that Hurricane Maria has set the island back decades.

1. A man rides his bicycle through a storm-damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane Maria

A man rides his bicycle through a storm-damaged road in Toa Alta

2. Telesforo Menendez surveys the damage in his neighborhood in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

Telesforo Menendez surveys the damage in his neighborhood

3. Lizzy Alicea becomes emotional as she speaks about the lack of aid that is reaching her mother’s hometown in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

Lizzy Alicea becomes emotional

4. Dead horses lie on the side of the road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.

Dead horses lie on the side of the road after the passing of Hurricane Maria

5. Storm-damaged homes and vegetation on a mountainside in Naranjito, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

Storm-damaged homes and vegetation on a mountainside in Naranjito

6. A woman collects water from a natural spring created by landslides on a mountainside next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017

A woman collects water from a natural spring

7. Trees are reflected in the water in the Buena Vista community, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, on September 24, 2017.

Trees are reflected in the water in the Buena Vista community

8. People stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for a mobile phone signal in Dorado, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.

People stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to try to get a signal

9. An aerial view shows the flooded neighborhood of Juana Matos in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.

An aerial view shows the flooded neighborhood of Juana Matos

10. U.S. Coast Guard MST-2 Annaliese Ennis surveys the damage to a marina after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September 23, 2017, in San Juan.

U.S. Coast Guard MST-2 Annaliese Ennis surveys the damage to a marina

Hurricane Maria Strikes, and Puerto Rico Goes Dark

11. Damaged homes in Progreso Barrio Pulguillas, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

Damaged homes in Progreso Barrio Pulguillas

12. Water drains from the Guajataca Dam in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017. Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of the failing dam as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear.

Water drains from the Guajataca Dam in Quebradillas

13. Satellite dishes installed on the roof of a house submerged by floodwaters, close to the Guajataca Dam in Guajataca, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017.

Satellite dishes installed on the roof of a house submerged by floodwaters

14. People gather on the roof of a damaged house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.

People gather on the roof of a damaged house

15. Personnel from Liberty Cable work to restore fiber optic lines on the third day after the impact of Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017

Personnel from Liberty Cable work to restore fiber optic lines

16. A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen from above, in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen from above

17. A broken traffic light, a street sign, and branches lie on the street in San Juan on September 22, 2017.

A broken traffic light, a street sign, and branches

18. Cristian Pagan uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris from his house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

Cristian Pagan uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris from his house

19. A house sits precariously in an area affected by landslides in Corozal, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017.

A house sits precariously in an area affected by landslides in Corozal20. A man uses a chainsaw to cut fallen trees at a house in Yabucoa on September 22, 2017.

A man uses a chainsaw to cut fallen trees

SOURCE: https://www.theatlantic.com

 

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