Two Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Still Needs Lots Of Help
While Donald Trump went on to attack San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz via Twitter this weekend, the situation in Puerto Rico continues to be a desperate one, despite some improvement.
USA Today reports that obtaining food, water, or gas is a daylong goal. Each mission to get any of these things can take several hours.
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“Tomorrow we’re going to try to find gasoline,” Michelle Rebollo told USA Today. “Then, we’ll try to get money. Each one is a whole day.”
Various reporters and celebrities on the ground in Puerto Rico are saying that people remain without running water and basic necessities.
The elderly have been the most vulnerable victims in #PuertoRico. They suffer from heat intolerance and heat stroke .
— Daddy Yankee (@daddy_yankee) October 1, 2017
“I haven’t seen any help and we’re running out of water,” Pedro Gonzalez, told a local ABC news affiliate, adding that he has a daughter with Down syndrome and has decided to move to Louisiana. “We’re getting out of here.”
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said that 714 gas stations now have fuel, but USA Today reports that several gas stations they have seen are either closed or say “No hay gasolina.”
Just spoke to my dad, he's waited in line for food for 5 hours, no water and can't see a doctor. This is REAL news. @realDonaldTrump
— Melonie Diaz (@Melonie_Diaz) October 1, 2017
Rosselló also said that 47 percent of water and sewer service is working, but added that the number isn’t a certain because 1,400 generators are powering the water services. And because they’re without power, the generators can stop working from time to time, but Rosselló says “general progress is being made.”
Rosselló also said that a quarter of the island should regain power next month.
While there is food and water finally in Puerto Rico, after Trump waived the Jones Act (for now), the items are not being distributed to areas in need.
Yulín Cruz tweeted that they have supplies coming in, but can’t distribute because the roads are not clear.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 1, 2017
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, who is working in Puerto Rico along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says one of the worst problems is the roads. “The roads are not clear on the outside of the island, and we’re slowly working our way in,” Buchanan said to PBS. “But we obviously need to get all the roads cleared so we can get supplies to people who desperately need them. Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”
President Trump falsely said that all buildings had now been inspected and cleared.
"I'm not aware of such inspections, there are areas of Puerto Rico where we really haven't gotten contact," Gov. Ricardo Rosselló tells CNN https://t.co/HZbsz3RCkr
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 1, 2017
The president and First Lady Melania are expected to be in Puerto Rico tomorrow.
Click here for a list of charities and crowdfunding campaigns that are helping people in Puerto Rico.