A supermarket owner stands at his destroyed business following damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Carolina, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2017. Picture taken on September 29, 2017. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)
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I was stunned as I walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at San Juan's International Airport two days after Hurricane Maria blasted its way across Puerto Rico.Disasters on the scale of Hurricane Maria are usually marked by the inspiring sight of thousands of military and federal emergency personnel flooding into the affected area.Twenty-thousand troops were sent into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city and surrounding areas.On a trip to the Guajataca Reservoir, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of San Juan, we came across a 25-year-old resident who refused to leave even though the Puerto Rico government declared an emergency evacuation, fearing the dam was about to burst and flood as many as 70,000 residents downstream.The bottlenecks appeared to be easing by this weekend, with thousands of Puerto Ricans finally getting water and food rations, even if help was yet to reach many on the island of 3.4 million people.
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