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How Hurricane Maria has become Puerto Rico's Katrina

30 Septembre 2017

Nearly the entire island is without power, and outages are expected to last for months in some areas.

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. People are scrambling for food, water, fuel and cash. And imagine that overflowing hospitals, without power, had no capacity to deal with an outbreak. For days after the storm, Trump and his top aides were largely silent as residents on the island struggled for food and water amid widespread power outages. Yet, a week after the storm, the response from the American mainland has been paltry. However, with Maria, Puerto Rico suffered a direct and costly hit.

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an wonderful job".

"Well before this year's series of historically powerful hurricanes, Puerto Rico already had a notoriously fickle power supply and crushing debt", NPR reported.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Friday that 90 bank branches are now open throughout the island, though CNN reports they are operating under severe restrictions.

Local colleges are preparing to help students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico get back to school.

"Is the problem getting the goods to Puerto Rico or is the problem being able to distribute them on the island once you reach there and depending on who you ask you get difference answers", Resiman said.

"They need to let us go in". He said he'll visit next Tuesday.

During a speech on his tax plan in Washington, D.C., Trump said the Hurricane Maria disaster relief effort in Puerto Rico has been complicated because the island is "surrounded by water".

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

John Rabin, acting regional administrator of FEMA Region II, said the agency has established 11 distribution points at various parts of the island. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has taken over efforts to restore power, he said, including transporting fuel for generators and getting it where it's needed.

In the short term, the 10-day waiver of the Jones Act may do more harm than good if it stimulates further traffic flows and pushes even more boxes onto the port where they can't be moved, Fulton said.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria has torn apart Puerto Rico's infrastructure and reduced its bureaucracy to minimal functionality. Though González-Colón is not permitted to vote on measures, she does represent the interests of Puerto Rico in D.C. She has also helped to craft legislation on a number of issues, from veterans' services to domestic violence prevention. "The fact is, much of travel is restored, most of the hospitals across Puerto Rico, they are now back up and running. But although there is over $500 billion of exposure on Puerto Rico, significant amounts of property damage will not be insured, and this will limit industry losses".

"Severe outages, deferred maintenance, and a lack of experienced staff have resulted in an increasingly brittle transmission system", the report by outside experts found. "PREPA's customer outage rate is far higher than other US utilities, and this rate has been increasing over the last two years".

How Hurricane Maria has become Puerto Rico's Katrina