The Burgeoning Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

Sep 26, 2017, 00:32
The Burgeoning Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

"There is going to be a hefty toll for us to make sure that we can reestablish normalcy and build Puerto Rico back stronger", the Governor said. From the southern coast, across the mountainous interior to the northern capital, the island of 3.4 million people saw roofs ripped away and homes flooded. Trump started his speech by including Puerto Rico among a list of "communities that have recently been ravaged by storms and by floods".

Hurricane Maria is being blamed for killing at least 10 people in Puerto Rico.

The category 4 storm knocked the entire island's electrical grid out of commission, leaving residents facing no power for weeks or even months.

Across Puerto Rico, more than 15,000 people are in shelters, including some 2,000 rescued from the north coastal town of Toa Baja.

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Puerto Rico is expected to suffer a loss of US$780 million in agricultural yields or about 80 percent of the total crop value in Puerto Rico, The New York Times reports, with plantain, banana, and coffee crops taking the hardest hit. "But we have to marshall that desire to want to help and we have to do it smartly and we have to be organized about it".

The statewide collection of supplies and money will go to help the US territory that was seriously damaged by Hurricane Maria. "Now I know we won't get to everybody in time". Anybody we've have called is right there asking what they can do.

Many hospitals are flooded, heavily damaged and running exclusively on gas generators, reports Reuters.

Andrew Cuomo (D.) said Monday on MSNBC that his state will do "whatever we can do to help" the victims of Hurricane Maria in USA -territory Puerto Rico because "we believe in immigration in NY".

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But Trump chose not to use the platform to comment on the situation in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

According to the hurricane centre, Maria is about 75 miles (120 km) east of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is criticizing President Trump for his attacks on National Football League (NFL) players who kneel during the anthem, saying the president should instead be supporting Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

But a GOP-drafted package of tax relief for victims of Harvey, which slammed Texas and Louisiana last month, ran into obstacles on Monday as House Democrats announced their opposition to it and other provisions attached to a must-do measure to finance the operations of the air traffic control system.

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