Five days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, its devastating impact is becoming clearer. Most of the U.S. territory currently has no electricity or running water, fewer than 250 of the island’s 1,600 cellphone towers are operational, and damaged ports, roads, and airports are slowing the arrival and transport of aid. Communication has been severely limited and some remote towns are only now being contacted. Jenniffer Gonzalez, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, told the Associated Press that Hurricane Maria has set the island back decades.

1. After the passage of Hurricane Maria, a man rides his bicycle through a storm-damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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2. Telesforo Menendez surveys the damage in his neighborhood in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico.
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3. Lizzy Alicea becomes emotional as she speaks about the lack of aid that is reaching her mother's hometown in Hayales de Coamo.
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4. Dead horses lie on the side of the road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
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5. Storm-damaged homes and vegetation on a mountainside in Naranjito, southwest of San Juan.
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6. A woman collects water from a natural spring created by landslides on a mountainside next to a road in Corozal, west of San Juan.
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7. Trees are reflected in the water in the Buena Vista community, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan.
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8. People stop off a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to try to get a signal after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
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9. Cars and people stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for mobile phone signal in Dorado.
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10. An aerial view shows the flooded neighborhood of Juana Matos in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico.
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11. U.S. Coast Guard MST-2 Annaliese Ennis surveys the damage to a marina after Hurricane Maria passed through the area.
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12. Damaged homes in Progreso Barrio Pulguillas, Puerto Rico.
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13. Water drains from the Guajataca Dam in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, on September 23. Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of the failing dam as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear.
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14. Satellite dishes installed on the roof of a house submerged by floodwaters, close to the Guajataca Dam in Guajataca, Puerto Rico.
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15. Yadira Nieves carries her daughter as they look at water flowing over the road at the Guajataca Dam.
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16. People gather on the roof of a damaged house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa.
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17. Personnel from Liberty Cable work to restore fiber optic lines on the third day after the impact of Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
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18. A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen from above, in Corozal, west of San Juan.
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19. A broken traffic light, a street sign, and branches lie on the street in San Juan.
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20. Jaime Degraff sits outside as he tries to stay cool while people wait for the damaged electrical grid to be fixed in San Juan.
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21. A man rides his horse on a flooded street in the aftermath of the hurricane in San Juan.
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22. Cristian Pagan uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris from his house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja.
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23. National Guardsmen arrive at Barrio Obrero in Santurce to distribute water and food.
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24. Carmen Marrero (left) takes a rest while she cleans debris from her house in Toa Baja.
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25. A house sits precariously in an area affected by landslides in Corozal, southwest of San Juan.
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26. A man uses a chainsaw to cut fallen trees at a house in Yabucoa.
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27. People collect water from a natural spring created by landslides in a mountain next to a road in Corozal.
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28. Yamary Morales looks at the damage done to a neighbor's house in Yabucoa.
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29. Orisnela Solano hugs her daughter, Laura Goenaga, as they attend a church service at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion church in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.
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30. Fallen power lines and storm damage in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
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31. Family members collect belongings after hurricane force winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja.
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32. A cow lies dead after the storm in Ingenio, Toa Baja.
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33. A man hangs laundry as people wait for the electrical grid to be repaired in Progreso Barrio Pulguillas, Puerto Rico.
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34. Karlian Mercado, 7, rests on the debris that remains of her family's home after it was blown down by Hurricane Maria in Hayales de Coamo.
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35. Lizzy Alicea (left) hugs her mother Maria Flores in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico. Alicea traveled from San Juan to check on Flores because she couldn't get through on the telephone.
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