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President Trump, who visited Puerto Rico with first lady Melania Trump in October 2017, denies 3,000 people died as a result of last year's hurricanes and falsely claims Democrats inflated it to make him look bad. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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In October 2017, a resident tries to connect electrical lines downed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja. Puerto Rican officials say electricity has returned to all residents without it after the hurricane. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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In this June 13 photo, a residence in the Figueroa neighborhood stands destroyed nine months after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Wednesday a federal judge extended a temporary housing program for territory residents whose homes were destroyed. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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"It was a sobering experience. I knew it was bad, but until you see it — I wasn't prepared for it, to be honest with you," Kenny Chesney says. Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kenny Chesney's Love Note To Caribbean After Disaster: It's About The Moving Forward

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U.S. Army soldiers pass out water, provided by FEMA, to residents in a neighborhood without grid electricity or running water in San Isidro, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 17, 2017. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, right, speaks during a ceremony on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2018. On Thursday, Rosselló demanded the resignation of any member of PREPA's board who refused to cut the new CEO's $750,000 salary. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A building for sale in the town of Isabel Segunda in Vieques. Ryan Caron King/Connecticut Public Radio hide caption

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Vieques Still Finding Its Footing After Hurricane Destruction

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Puerto Rican residents received food and water from FEMA after Hurricane Maria, but many complained that some boxes were stuffed with candy and salty snacks, not meals. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Puerto Rican Nerybelle Perez poses with a portrait of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died after his ambulance was turned away from the island's largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water following Hurricane Maria. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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Nine days after the Hurricane Maria struck, Emilú De León and other volunteers opened a kitchen to serve meals to the people of Caguas. The first day, they fed 600, De León says. Jenna Miller/Cronkite Borderlands Project hide caption

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Jose Javier Santana says this torn and frayed Puerto Rican flag is representative of the state of the island now — eight months after Hurricane Maria hit. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Estimates Hurricane Maria Killed Nearly 5,000, But Barely Makes News

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People are living in homes where roofs, windows, even walls are missing, using blue tarps to keep the elements at bay. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Virgin Islands Still Recovering From 2017 Hurricanes As New Season Begins

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Luis Vázquez placed his shoes at the memorial in remembrance of his father, Luis Manuel Vázquez, who was found dead in his home two weeks after Hurricane Maria. Adrian Florido/NPR hide caption

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A tree toppled by Hurricane Maria rests over damaged graves in the Villa Palmeras cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in December 2017. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Puts Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Near 5,000

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A worker from the Cobra Energy Company, contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, installs power lines in the Barrio Martorel area of Yabucoa, a town where many residents continue without power in Puerto Rico, on May 16. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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Rafaela Serrano's house in the municipality of Caguas is still roofless eight months after Hurricane Maria. Countless homes on the island remain damaged two weeks before the start of the next hurricane season. Adrian Florido/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico Officials Say They're Ready For Hurricane Season, But Worries Mount

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A damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Punta Diamante, Puerto Rico on Sept. 21, 2017. On Monday, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the majority of federal recovery grants would go toward rebuilding homes and businesses. Jorge A Ramirez Portela/AP hide caption

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Don Gregorio has lived all his life in the same home in Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico's eastern coast that was hard-hit by Hurricane Maria. Many of his old friends have since left for the mainland, the former carpenter says, and he feels very alone. Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide

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Hurricane Maria cut power to people across Puerto Rico. On Wednesday, a subcontracting company caused another island-wide blackout, which the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has been working to fix. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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