On Sept. 20 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, leaving at least 48 people dead and decimating the island’s already crumbling power grid.
More than a third of Puerto Rican households, or about 1 million people, still lack running water according to CNN
FEMA says it has distributed 23.6 million liters (6.2 million gallons) of bottled and bulk water in Puerto Rico.
That figure includes water for hospitals and dialysis centers
These deliveries equate to only 9% of the island’s drinking water requirement, going by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) assessment that each person needs at least 2.5 liters (2/3 of a gallon) per day.
Some residents are so desperate for drinking water they have broken into polluted wells at industrial waste sites.
The shortfall is far greater when you consider the WHO also recommends 15 liters per person per day for basic cooking and hygiene needs. Dirty water ups the risk of diseases like cholera and at least one person has died as a result of being unable to get to dialysis treatment on time, CNN reports.
Some 86% of grocery stores have re-opened. But they are not necessarily stocked.
FEMA says 60,000 homes need roofing help. It has delivered 38,000 tarps.
Power and Personnel
Less than 20% of Puerto Rico’s power grid has been restored and around 3 million people are still without power, says CNN
The news broadcaster adds that 75% of antennas are down so even those able to charge phones are unlikely to have cellular service.
All of the island’s hospitals are now up and running, with most using back-up systems, but only a quarter are being supplied with power from the grid, says Axios
According to CNN, FEMA has deployed 1,700 personnel in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were also ravaged by Hurricane Maria. That’s 900 less that the 2,600 FEMA personnel reportedly still in Texas and Florida, but the agency told CNN that around 20,000 other federal staff and military have been deployed in response to Maria.
Thousands of people have donated money or volunteered to help Puerto Rico. Among them, celebrity chef José Andrés says he’s serving 100,000 meals a day on the island.
Publicity and the President
Five days after Maria made landfall, the first Drumpf administration officials traveled to Puerto Rico to survey the damage
That evening Drumpf made his first tweets since the storm hit – mentioning the debt Puerto Rico owes Wall Street. He had spent the preceding days at his golf club in New Jersey.
It took a further 8 days, almost two weeks after the hurricane hit, for Drumpf to visit Puerto Rico. The five hours he spent there were marked by him tossing paper towels, jump-shot style, into a crowd of residents.
Drumpf later said in a tweet that Puerto Rico’s crushing $72 billion in public debt should be “wiped out.”
A tweet criticizing the mayor of San Juan ranked the third least popular of all Drumpf’s tweet since he assumed office, according to a metric that pits comments against likes. The approval rating on his handling of hurricanes also dropped 20% in the wake of Maria.
“As it appears in … full read/full credit”
Deserving indeed … don’t agree with his affiliations but this is an HONORABLE man!
Truly honorable ….
On Monday night, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senator John McCain received the Liberty Medal, and I cannot think of a more deserving person for this honour. The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over. The Medal’s roster of recipients includes many of the men, women, and organizations that have shaped and guided the world through the past two decades, including Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Kofi Annan, Shimon Peres, and Colin Powell. Last year’s medal was awarded, appropriately, to U.S. Representative John Lewis for his “courageous dedication to civil rights”.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, awarded the medal. McCain and Biden go back a few decades or more, and the banter between the two was easy …
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