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“Are you from FEMA?”

Our colleague Márel Malaret has been following community leaders as they assess the needs of residents in the storm-ravaged Playita neighborhood of San Juan. Here’s her report on the conditions in Playita and the question on everybody’s mind.

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Elderly struggle to survive in wake of Maria

Hurricane Maria destroyed their homes and cut off their electricity – as the crisis wears on, elderly people in Puerto Rico face increasing risks and dangers.

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