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How Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico — in pictures

Javier stands on the roof of a home  in Yabucoa, next to a flag of Puerto Rico and a sign that reads
Javier stands on the roof of a home in Yabucoa, next to a flag of Puerto Rico and a sign that reads "I come to you, Puerto Rico," in Spanish.
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A week-and-a-half after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, which had already been affected by Hurricane Irma, the island is still in shambles.

Aid has started coming in but many people are still without power, cell phone service, clean water and food. Gasoline is difficult or impossible to purchase. And countless homes have been destroyed.

The tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, Maria is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928.

While San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and President Donald Trump duke it out over how much and how fast the United States is sending aid to the island, the residents of Puerto Rico are coping with the storm's devastating aftermath.

People clean a business damaged when the Arecibo River overflowed in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
People clean a business damaged when the Arecibo River overflowed in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz deals with an emergency situation where patients at a hospital need to be moved because a generator stopped working in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in Puerto Rico.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz deals with an emergency situation where patients at a hospital need to be moved because a generator stopped working in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in Puerto Rico.
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Carlos Pagan walks in his destroyed house by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the east of Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017.
Carlos Pagan walks in his destroyed house by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the east of Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017.
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A group of homeless people live under a tree next to Laguna del Condado, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 2017.
A group of homeless people live under a tree next to Laguna del Condado, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 2017.
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Yasmin Morales is pictured on September 28, 2017 in her damaged house in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Yasmin Morales is pictured on September 28, 2017 in her damaged house in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
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A boy rides a horse past municipal workers clearing debris and trash after Hurricane Maria hit Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 2017.
A boy rides a horse past municipal workers clearing debris and trash after Hurricane Maria hit Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 2017.
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Nilsa and Carlo Gonzalez live in their dark apartment as they and other residents of the 62-and-over Moradas Las Teresas's Uno and Dos condo units deal with no electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Nilsa and Carlo Gonzalez live in their dark apartment as they and other residents of the 62-and-over Moradas Las Teresas's Uno and Dos condo units deal with no electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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A man carries two bags of ice he bought at a local ice plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
A man carries two bags of ice he bought at a local ice plant in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
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People collect water from a natural spring created by landslides in a mountain in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
People collect water from a natural spring created by landslides in a mountain in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
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A sign in Spanish reads
A sign in Spanish reads "No Gas" at a gas station in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Morovis, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017.
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Irma Maldanado stands in what is left of her home after Hurricane Maria passed through on September 27, 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico.
Irma Maldanado stands in what is left of her home after Hurricane Maria passed through on September 27, 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico.
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Hector Ojeda and Sonia Robles cross a river on foot after the bridge was washed away when Hurricane Maria passed through on September 27, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.
Hector Ojeda and Sonia Robles cross a river on foot after the bridge was washed away when Hurricane Maria passed through on September 27, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.
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Hurricane survivors watch as Puerto Rican National Guardsmen prepare to deliver food and water from their helicopter on September 29, 2017 in Lares, Puerto Rico.
Hurricane survivors watch as Puerto Rican National Guardsmen prepare to deliver food and water from their helicopter on September 29, 2017 in Lares, Puerto Rico.
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A man carries two water jugs filled with water collected from a natural spring created by landslides in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
A man carries two water jugs filled with water collected from a natural spring created by landslides in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
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Puerto Rican National Guardsmen load a helicopter with food and water for survivors of Hurricane Maria on September 29, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican National Guardsmen load a helicopter with food and water for survivors of Hurricane Maria on September 29, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Iris Vazquez washes clothing at a drainage ditch next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Iris Vazquez washes clothing at a drainage ditch next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
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People ride on the back of a 4x4 vehicle into the San Lorenzo River after a bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria in Morovis, Puerto Rico on September 30, 2017.
People ride on the back of a 4x4 vehicle into the San Lorenzo River after a bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria in Morovis, Puerto Rico on September 30, 2017.
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A picture taken on September 28, 2017 shows a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico.
A picture taken on September 28, 2017 shows a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico.
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