Hundreds take shelter in Puerto Rico in fear of more tremors

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Life in the outdoors, not for sport, but out of fear is the new normal for many living in Puerto Rico.

Rows and rows of cots fill Guayanilla's Athletic Center field, helping many people left with nothing after several earthquakes rocked the island.

The city's mayor Nelson Torres Yordan estimates more than 300 people come in and out of the earthquake shelter daily, but at night the amount doubles. 

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He says many fear the tremors coming in the night will catch them at their most vulnerable. Others come in need of oxygen and medical assistance.

The camps provide light, medicine, supplies and even showers for those who have made this their permanent stay for the time being. 

 

Many of the schools south of the island have closed, with the buildings pending inspection to greenlight a reopening.

The struggles continue over in Peñuelas, where Suray Feliciano, a teacher, is staying in a similar shelter with her children and cat. She says her job is on hold and that her eldest had to defer the start her college career.

For family's like this one the tremors are bad, but there is an added worry not knowing how long their life will be put on hold.

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