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Oct 9, 2017

Destroyed bridge imperils village cut off by Hurricane Maria

Destroyed bridge imperils village cut off by Hurricane Maria

Like many remote villages in Puerto Rico, San Lorenzo is contending with a silent public health crisis in the wake of the strongest hurricane to hit the island in decades: isolation.

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Local residents walk in a river after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Ruth Santiago refreshes herself with water from a pipe after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A general view of San Lorenzo after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Local residents stand by a bridge which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Local residents walk along a road after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A local resident washes her hair at a pond after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Local residents cross a river using a cable after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A local resident takes a bath in a river after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A local resident carries a box of food as he walks along the side of a river after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A boy looks at his neighbourhood after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Ramon Sostre, stands in front of his damaged house after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Haydee Mestre looks inside her refrigerator after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Local residents try to fix a truck after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A damaged house is seen after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Ismael Rivera stands at his damaged house after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Carmen Rodrigues stands by her bedridden mother, Rosa Maria Torres, 95, after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. The family are trying to get Torres airlifted out of the town. "If they don't move her out of here, she's going to die," said Carmen Santos, Torres' granddaughter. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Ana Maria Jimenez, 89, lays on a bed after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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Dariana Baez, holds her one-month-old niece Amalia Garcia at her house after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017 ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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A local resident carries a gasoline can as he crosses a river using a cable after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town's bridge in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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An America flag is seen after Hurricane Maria hit San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS

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