Sandra Harasimowicz (R) talks to her husband Gary Rosario while he carries one of their dogs on the roof of a neighbor's house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yauco, Puerto Rico, September 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
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