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Puerto Rico Is Desperate and Aid Isn’t Coming Fast Enough

Five days after Hurricane Maria struck, much of Puerto Rico is still in the dark without cell phone service, electricity, gas or access to cash, leaving many people stranded without essential supplies.

Taylor Dolven

Federal rescue and aid missions in Puerto Rico ramped up Monday as horror stories from Hurricane Maria's aftermath surfaced over the weekend.

Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Brock Long touched down in Puerto Rico Monday as federal troops continue to deliver food, water, and gas to the island. He called Maria the worst hurricane Puerto Rico has ever seen.

Five days after Hurricane Maria struck, much of Puerto Rico is still in the dark without cell phone service, electricity, gas or access to cash, leaving many people stranded without essential supplies. The death toll reached 16 on Monday, according to government officials.

"While significant progress is being made, there is still a long way to go," a FEMA spokesperson said via email Monday.

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