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Puerto Rico braces for hurricane season

An elderly woman prays at a chapel of the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. With another hurricane season starting, older Puerto Ricans have little to protect them from another storm on an impoverished island that remains far from fully recovered. Younger and wealthier people have been moving away for years, leaving an older and sicker population in the hands of an underfunded healthcare system.   REUTERS/Alvin Baez

An elderly woman prays at a chapel of the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. With another hurricane season starting, older Puerto Ricans have little to protect them from another storm on an impoverished island that remains far from...more

An elderly woman prays at a chapel of the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. With another hurricane season starting, older Puerto Ricans have little to protect them from another storm on an impoverished island that remains far from fully recovered. Younger and wealthier people have been moving away for years, leaving an older and sicker population in the hands of an underfunded healthcare system. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Wilson Reyes attaches solar lamps to the fence outside his home as his neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Wilson Reyes attaches solar lamps to the fence outside his home as his neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Wilson Reyes attaches solar lamps to the fence outside his home as his neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Ramona Olivera, 86, uses a solar lamp as she fills a bucket with water, as her neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Ramona Olivera, 86, uses a solar lamp as she fills a bucket with water, as her neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Ramona Olivera, 86, uses a solar lamp as she fills a bucket with water, as her neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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An elderly woman sits in her bed at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

An elderly woman sits in her bed at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

An elderly woman sits in her bed at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Zoraida Reyes points with a flashlight at the scar of her husband and cancer patient Israel Gonzalez at their home, as their neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Zoraida Reyes points with a flashlight at the scar of her husband and cancer patient Israel Gonzalez at their home, as their neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas....more

Zoraida Reyes points with a flashlight at the scar of her husband and cancer patient Israel Gonzalez at their home, as their neighbourhood is still without power nine months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Marcelino Roman, 91, poses for a photograph outside his room at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Marcelino Roman, 91, poses for a photograph outside his room at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Marcelino Roman, 91, poses for a photograph outside his room at the San Rafael nursing home in Arecibo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Jose Alvarez, 60, uses a head lamp while walking in the dark as the island's fragile power system is still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, in Jayuya. 


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Jose Alvarez, 60, uses a head lamp while walking in the dark as the island's fragile power system is still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Jose Alvarez, 60, uses a head lamp while walking in the dark as the island's fragile power system is still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Wilson Reyes, 44, uses a solar lamp while walking in the dark in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. 


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Wilson Reyes, 44, uses a solar lamp while walking in the dark in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Wilson Reyes, 44, uses a solar lamp while walking in the dark in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A horse eats from the hand of a young man while being illuminated by a flashlight in Adjuntas. 

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A horse eats from the hand of a young man while being illuminated by a flashlight in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A horse eats from the hand of a young man while being illuminated by a flashlight in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Cancer patient Israel Gonzalez, 84, poses for a photograph with the light of a solar lamp at his home in Utuado. 


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Cancer patient Israel Gonzalez, 84, poses for a photograph with the light of a solar lamp at his home in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Cancer patient Israel Gonzalez, 84, poses for a photograph with the light of a solar lamp at his home in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood carry an electricity pole in Utuado. 

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Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood carry an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood carry an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Alexis Massol sits in a cinema that uses solar energy in Adjuntas. The writing on the screen reads "Bankruptcy."
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Alexis Massol sits in a cinema that uses solar energy in Adjuntas. The writing on the screen reads "Bankruptcy." REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Alexis Massol sits in a cinema that uses solar energy in Adjuntas. The writing on the screen reads "Bankruptcy." REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Contractors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers install an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Contractors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers install an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Contractors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers install an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Residents of La Central neighbourhood wash clothes in the river in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Central neighbourhood wash clothes in the river in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Central neighbourhood wash clothes in the river in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Jannet Rodriguez, 40, stands on the porch of her house with solar lamps attached to the railings in Adjuntas. 


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Jannet Rodriguez, 40, stands on the porch of her house with solar lamps attached to the railings in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Jannet Rodriguez, 40, stands on the porch of her house with solar lamps attached to the railings in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Food is seen on a kitchen counter in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Food is seen on a kitchen counter in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Food is seen on a kitchen counter in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Jannet Rodriguez (R), 44, uses a solar lamp while talking to her daughter Keimiliz in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Jannet Rodriguez (R), 44, uses a solar lamp while talking to her daughter Keimiliz in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Jannet Rodriguez (R), 44, uses a solar lamp while talking to her daughter Keimiliz in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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The license plate of a jeep of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reads "Puerto Rico, Island of Enchantment" in Utuado. 

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The license plate of a jeep of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reads "Puerto Rico, Island of Enchantment" in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

The license plate of a jeep of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reads "Puerto Rico, Island of Enchantment" in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A cat sits next to a generator in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. 


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A cat sits next to a generator in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A cat sits next to a generator in a house without electricity in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A resident of La Chorrera neighbourhood tries to fix an electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A resident of La Chorrera neighbourhood tries to fix an electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A resident of La Chorrera neighbourhood tries to fix an electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A cat sits next to electrical cables connected to a generator in Utuado. 

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A cat sits next to electrical cables connected to a generator in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A cat sits next to electrical cables connected to a generator in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A house illuminated with the help of a generator in Adjuntas. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Gladys Lugo, 67, sits in a wheelchair as a solar lamp illuminates the entrance of her home in Jayuya. 

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Gladys Lugo, 67, sits in a wheelchair as a solar lamp illuminates the entrance of her home in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Gladys Lugo, 67, sits in a wheelchair as a solar lamp illuminates the entrance of her home in Jayuya. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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A contractor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries cables in Utuado. 

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A contractor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries cables in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

A contractor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries cables in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood are seen through a destroyed house while they work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood are seen through a destroyed house while they work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Residents of La Chorrera neighbourhood are seen through a destroyed house while they work on an electricity pole in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid in Utuado. REUTERS/Alvin Baez
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