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Downed powerlines along a main street in Barcenoleta, in early October (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Downed powerlines along a main street in Barcenoleta, in early October (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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It's been over three months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. While the official death toll reports that 64 people have been killed, local officials say the actual toll may be in the hundreds.

East Boston resident Elvin Zayas-Lai's family recently arrived from Puerto Rico and celebrated their first snow fall. (Courtesy)
East Boston resident Elvin Zayas-Lai's family recently arrived from Puerto Rico and celebrated their first snow fall. (Courtesy)

And many Puerto Ricans are coming to Massachusetts as a result of the devastation from the hurricane. State House News Service found that since Maria hit, there have been over 2,000 students from Puerto Rico enrolling in Massachusetts schools.

We spoke to a man whose family from Puerto Rico arrived in Boston after Hurricane Maria hit. Elvin Zayas-Lai has lived in East Boston for 18 years, and recently his parents and his youngest brother joined him. He spoke to us about the challenges of bringing his family to Boston and the excitement his parents and brother felt at seeing snow for the first time.

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Abby Maxman, president and CEO of Oxfam America. She recently returned from Puerto Rico and tweets @abbymaxman.

Elvin Zayas-Lai, East Boston resident

This segment aired on December 22, 2017.

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