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Weeks After Maria, Puerto Rico Remains Devastated14:30
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Jacquline Laporte Mammero and her daughter Darielys wash clothes in a stream in  Cuchillas. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Jacquline Laporte Mammero and her daughter Darielys wash clothes in a stream in Cuchillas. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Three and a half weeks after Hurricane Maria landed a direct hit on the island of Puerto Rico, 85 percent of the island remains without reliable electricity. 40 percent of people are still without cell service. A third lack safe drinking water.

WBUR reporter Simón Ríos and photographer Jesse Costa were in Puerto Rico for five days last week.

Ivonne Beltrán surveys the area of her home in Arecibo. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Ivonne Beltrán surveys the area of her home in Arecibo. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On their first full day on the island, they accompanied Ivonne Beltrán, an attorney from Revere as she drove around the island. She surveyed the damage to her property and visited her family.

Ivonne Beltrán embraces her uncle Gilberto Beltrán who lives in Corozal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Ivonne Beltrán embraces her uncle Gilberto Beltrán who lives in Corozal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Guests

Simón Ríos, WBUR reporter. He tweets @simonfrios.

Jesse Costa, WBUR photographer. He tweets @jessecosta3.

Tweets from Simón and Jesse's Trip

This segment aired on October 16, 2017.

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