In Puerto Rico, Using Guayama’S One Working Telephone To Call Domestic

Enlarge this image toggle caption Angel Valentin for NPR Angel Valentin for NPRMariola Dominguez, an administrator at a local high school, called her sister-in-law in Costa Rica.
Puerto Rico is thoroughly immersed in U.S. consumer culture and the internet extended to every corner of the island.
‘We’re Alive’: Guayama Residents Reach Family On Town’s One Working Phonetoggle caption Angel Valentin for NPRCommunication is one of the most urgent needs in Puerto Rico.
Enlarge this image toggle caption Angel Valentin for NPR Angel Valentin for NPROne collateral effect of no internet or cellphones is that kids have to learn how to play again.
The answer in Guayama — as it is in most of Puerto Rico — is that people are running out of food and drinking water, and the gas lines are maddening.

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