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20 Heartbreaking Photos Of Life In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Conditions in Puerto Rico continue to deteriorate after a Category 4 hurricane struck the island, crippling the country's power grid and leaving millions without electricity and water.

Posted on September 25, 2017, at 1:56 p.m. ET

People are pictured stuck in a jam on a expressway blocked by a flooded river in Yauco, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21.
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People are pictured stuck in a jam on a expressway blocked by a flooded river in Yauco, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21.

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

A man manages to speak by cellphone to his family from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 23.
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A man manages to speak by cellphone to his family from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 23.

Family members collect belongings after hurricane force winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
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Family members collect belongings after hurricane force winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

Iris Vazquez washes clothing at an open road drainage in Corozal, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.
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Iris Vazquez washes clothing at an open road drainage in Corozal, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.

Karlian Mercado, 7, rests on the rubble that remains of her family's home on Sept. 24 after it was blown away by Hurricane Maria as it passed through Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico.
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Karlian Mercado, 7, rests on the rubble that remains of her family's home on Sept. 24 after it was blown away by Hurricane Maria as it passed through Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico.

Marry Ann Aldea inspects the damage after losing everything in her house after the winds of Hurricane Maria ripped away her roof.
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Marry Ann Aldea inspects the damage after losing everything in her house after the winds of Hurricane Maria ripped away her roof.

Marisabel walks through her flooded house on Sept. 22 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
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Marisabel walks through her flooded house on Sept. 22 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

Carmen Marrero (left) takes a rest while she cleans debris from her house in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.
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Carmen Marrero (left) takes a rest while she cleans debris from her house in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.

Buildings are completely dark during a total blackout on Sept. 20, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Buildings are completely dark during a total blackout on Sept. 20, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Jaime Degraff sits outside to stay cool as people wait for the damaged electrical grid to be fixed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Jaime Degraff sits outside to stay cool as people wait for the damaged electrical grid to be fixed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The line outside a supermarket in San Juan reaches around the block.
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The line outside a supermarket in San Juan reaches around the block.

An employee at a water-bottling plant sells water, up to five gallons per person, to residents affected by the storm.
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An employee at a water-bottling plant sells water, up to five gallons per person, to residents affected by the storm.

People buy bread in a bakery after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
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People buy bread in a bakery after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico.

National Guard Soldiers arrive at Barrio Obrero in San Juan to distribute water and food.
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National Guard Soldiers arrive at Barrio Obrero in San Juan to distribute water and food.

Crowds of people try to get a cell phone signal in Dorado, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 23.
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Crowds of people try to get a cell phone signal in Dorado, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 23.

Highway 10, a major north-south connection through Puerto Rico is completely washed out, leaving people cut off from safety and resources.
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Highway 10, a major north-south connection through Puerto Rico is completely washed out, leaving people cut off from safety and resources.

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Dead horses lie on the side of the road in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 22.

With most of the island having no running water, people are getting drinking water from mountain springs.
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With most of the island having no running water, people are getting drinking water from mountain springs.

Anna Torre and others pray at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.
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Anna Torre and others pray at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24.



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