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Octavio Matos Sr. spent 10 days without taking his daily insulin after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Patricia Rodriguez had moved to the northern coast of Puerto Rico just months ago, looking for work. Odalys Cordero, and her 10-year old brother, Alexander Deyá, fled the island after the storm, realizing it was no longer safe to stay. All have wound up in New Jersey, part of a continuing — and growing — exodus from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, territories devastated by consecutive, powerful hurricanes that toppled buildings, uprooted trees, and killed at least 48 people.

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Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren’t in class. They’ve been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm.

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