6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico pleads for help

  • This March 13, 2018 photo shows a cistern in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Programs funded with FEMA money, like generators for rural wells, have yet to reach thousands of Puerto Ricans including the Barrio Mana residents of Corozal, American citizens living in third-world conditions six months after a natural disaster. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
  • In this March 13, 2018 photo, José Morales checks a water tank installed on the roof of his residence in the Barrio Mana neighborhood, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town, Barrio Mana residents asked federal officials but never received a generator to pump water from the well that supplies more than 100 families. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

  • This March 13, 2018 photo shows dozens of gallon jugs and plastic buckets used to store water for bathing in the home of 93-year-old World War II veteran Antonio Morales, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Nearly six months ago Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

  • In this March 13, 2018 photo, 93-year-old World War II veteran Antonio Morales rests in a single-story concrete home with no running water, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Morales is one of thousands still waiting for water and power as the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

COROZAL, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. Desperate, residents of the town’s Barrio Mana neighborhood asked federal officials for a generator to pump water from the well that supplies the neighborhood’s 130 families.

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