TOPSHOT - A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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 following passage of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on September 25, 2017.
The US island territory, working without electricity, is struggling to dig out and clean up from its disastrous brush with the hurricane, blamed for at least 33 deaths across the Caribbean. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 25:  A person waves to a passing helicopter from inside a condo unit as he deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island without power or cell service.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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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AIBONITO, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 24: Orisnela Solano hugs her daughter, Laura Goenaga as they attend a church service at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion church September 24, 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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 force winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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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TOPSHOT - A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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 winds is seen in Toa Alta, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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 at an open road drainage next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jaime Degraff sits outside as he tries to stay cool as people wait for the damaged electrical grid to be fixed after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September 23, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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 is seen in San Sebastian, in the west of Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017 following passage of Hurricane Maria, prompting the government to issue an order for 70,000 people in downstream towns to evacuate. 
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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 km north of  San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017. Comunications, electric power, water supply and the lack of gas have been seriusly affected after the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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 km from San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 23, 2017, where Rio Plata flooded during and after passage of Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 23: U.S. Coast Guard MST-2 Annaliese Ennis surveys the damage to a marina after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September 23, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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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LOIZA, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 22: Residents look at flood waters days after Hurricane Maria made landfall,  on September 22, 2017 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. Many on the island have lost power, running water, and cell phone service after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

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 neighbourhood of La Perla in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33.  / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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, 2017.
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.
 / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO        (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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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View of the flooded house of Maricel after the rains related to the passage of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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A cow lays dead on the ground in Ingenio, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on September 22, 2017.
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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A rooster on a wood beam is seen in a flooded street after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano,  Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017.
Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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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TOPSHOT - Inhabitants stand in flood water in front of a house flooded in Juana Matos, Catano,  Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017.
Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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TOPSHOT - A destroyed shack is seen in the Rio Piedras area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. 
Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding on Thursday after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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