The Shocking Destruction of Puerto Rico

Just one week ago, Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, engulfed Puerto Rico, slamming it with massive winds and torrential rains, and leaving unprecedented damage in its wake.

The U.S. territory was already picking up the pieces left by Hurricane Irma in early September. Maria completely devastated the island. Many say it will take months to fix the damage and give residents access to essentials like electricity and plumbing.

Puerto Rican officials argue the U.S. government isn’t doing enough. On Tuesday San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tearfully told a local news station, “It’s life or death, every moment we spend planning in a meeting or every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die.”

“The red tape needs to be ripped off as if it were a band aid,” she said. “There are boots on the ground…but those boots need to start walking,” she added.

Most of the island is without power and cellphone service. The death toll has risen to 16. According to the Pentagon, approximately 44 percent of the population is without drinking water and only 11 out of 69 hospitals had fuel or power as of Tuesday.

President Donald Trump announced he will visit Puerto Rico next week.

Here are some photos of the devastation Maria has wrought.

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People carry water in bottles retrieved from a canal due to lack of water on September 25 following the passage of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. The U.S. island territory, working without electricity, is struggling to recover from the hurricane, blamed for at least 33 deaths across the Caribbean.

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A person waves to a passing helicopter on September 25 from inside a condo unit as he deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on , in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico. Virtually the whole island is without power or cell service.

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Orisnela Solano hugs her daughter, Laura Goenaga, as they attend a church service at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion church on September 24 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category four hurricane, passed through.

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Family members collect belongings after hurricane winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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A house destroyed by hurricane in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on September 24, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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Iris Vazquez washes clothing next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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Jaime Degraff sits outside as people wait for Puerto Rico's damaged electrical grid to be fixed after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September 23, in San Juan.

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Overflow from the damaged Guajataka River Dam in San Sebastian, in the west of Puerto Rico, on September 23, following passage of Hurricane Maria, which prompted the government to issue an order for 70,000 people in downstream towns to evacuate.

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A man manages to speak by cellphone to his family in the United States from Vega Alta, 45 kilometers north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 23. Communications, electric power, water supply, and the lack of gas have been seriously affected after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

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Damaged furniture is placed outside a house in Toa Baja, 35 kilometers from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 23, where Rio Plata flooded during and after passage of Hurricane Maria.

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U.S. Coast Guard MST-2 Annaliese Ennis surveys the damage to a marina after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Residents look at flood waters days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, on September 22, in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

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A man reads a book in the neighborhood of La Perla in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 22. Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33.

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A man rides his horse on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 22.

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A house is flooded after the rains of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 22.

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A cow lies dead on the ground in Ingenio, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 22.

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A rooster stands on a wood beam in a flooded street after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21.

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Inhabitants stand in water in front of a flooded house in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21.

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A destroyed shack in the Rio Piedras area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21.

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