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U.S. Northern Command is leading the Defense Department's disaster response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the U.S. territory Sept. 20. DoD continues to synchronize efforts with the Puerto Rico National Guard and FEMA. Troops and equipment already were assisting authorities in the region, which has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.

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The Defense Department provides an update on its relief efforts following extensive damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Puerto Rico Relief Efforts Ongoing
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October 10, 2017 | 0:33
While rural parts of Puerto Rico continue to rely on airlifts for food, water and emergency resources, overall quality of life on the island steadily improves.
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