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It's not just Trump; media slow on Puerto Rico, too

30 Setiembre 2017, 07:25 | Verda Sainz

Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city

Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city

But Gutierrez had more pointed criticism for the President, suggesting he ought to deploy the military forces with which he has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea to aid the distressed island. Their first goal is to make sure people have clean water to drink and plenty of food. And imagine that overflowing hospitals, without power, had no capacity to deal with an outbreak. It had previously announced a $2 million contribution to the American Red Cross for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and that it would match employee donations up to $100,000.

Only 11 of the 69 hospitals on Puerto Rico had access this week to either electricity or fuel for backup generators, as the USA territory seeks to recover from the extensive damage caused last week by Hurricane Maria.

Now called "I-4 for Puerto Rico", the effort has partnered with faith-based organizations and with the Pentecostal Church of God International Movement, which has 600 churches on the island.

Russel Honore, highly lauded for commanding the military response after another big storm, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said the military deployments to Puerto Rico should have been started at least four days earlier. PECO is in the midst of a five-year, $274 million long term improvement plan that is creating a more-resilient and responsive grid for 1.6 million customers in southeastern Pennsylvania - a good thing for those PECO Pennsylvania customers who remember being without power for 12 days in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city
Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - it will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organised, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", he said.

Donato-Galindo said the island now needs fuel the most and money to make that happen.

"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered", the president tweeted.

"I have not received any help, and we ran out of food yesterday", said Mari Olivo while she and her family waited in line at a city water truck to fill their buckets. He said he'll visit next Tuesday.


(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) - After witnessing a desperate call for help on ABC News from a caretaker at a Puerto Rico nursing home devastated by Hurricane Maria, a Florida man chartered his company's private jet to bring critical supplies to the home's residents.

That's out of the question, but Trump could avoid a failing grade if he hurries.

Shipping operator Hapag Lloyd said the container terminal was operating with limited generator power and under significant restrictions, and it meant to keep its schedule.

"Puerto Ricans are very resilient just like here in New Orleans so I know they're gonna come back from this", Thien said.


Puerto Rico suffered major damage a week ago when Hurricane Maria struck with high winds and heavy rain.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday afternoon that he has directed the Maryland National Guard to send resources requested by Puerto Rico to help in the relief efforts. He said 12 of the 29 bridges that have been assessed are closed.

Many hospitals on the island are only now coming back online, with 44 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals now operational, according to FEMA. So that was pretty - that was pretty cool actually, and I thank the people of Puerto Rico for that.

With the USA government moving slowly, private citizens have taken up their own efforts.


To put it plainly, the people of Puerto Rico are being treated like forgotten Americans by the president himself, and his anti-Latino sentiments are fueling his apathy.



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