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People are lining up for hours in Puerto Rico to buy food and fuel

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Only 65% of supermarkets (295 of 456) and 74% of gas stations (814 of 1,100) in Puerto Rico were open ahead of US president Donald Trump’s visit today, according to a dashboard set up by the government to track the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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Communications are particularly difficult, with only 22% of cellphone towers (365 of 1,619) currently functioning.

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That means many Puerto Ricans often have to pick one errand for the day (to buy supplies, fuel, or medicine), find a place that is open, then wait in line for hours.

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Lines in front of supermarkets like Walmart can reach 400 people. Lines at gas stations can surpass 100 cars.

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