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From San Juan to Humacao, Recovery in Puerto Rico Can Come at Different Paces

Angel Rodriguez in his San Juan apartment. He’s been picking up packages delivered here from the mainland and delivering supplies to residents on the east side of the island.
Photo by Ryan Caron King for WNPR

Angel Rodriguez stood on the porch of his apartment overlooking the bay of San Juan. In the distance, a military helicopter was lifting off from an airstrip near the city’s convention center where the hurricane relief effort was being staged.

It was mid-October, more than four weeks after Maria, and San Juan was still recovering. But Rodriguez said that compared to the east side of the island where he grew up — where the hurricane first made landfall — the city looks like “Disneyland.”

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