Hurricane Maria eyes Dominican Republic after wiping out electricity in Puerto Rico

Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria
Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria

26 September, 2017

According to Vulture, the proceeds from her Las Vegas show will help fund the recovery efforts that need to be done in Puerto Rico. This u.s. territory of more than 3 million inhabitants, is now immersed in the dark. But it is important that the destruction and pain being experienced by our compatriots in Puerto Rico not be ignored or overlooked.

While the Demented Cheese Grit in Chief and his war against black athletes has been dominating headlines and social media feeds in the U.S., Puerto Rico is facing an increasingly desperate situation after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Thursday.

At least 13 people are dead and the entire country remains without power after the worst storm for decades hit the island nation on Wednesday. In Isabela, the mayor's office said a little more than 200 people were in shelters. "We have a commitment (to) Puerto Rico, and that's what we are doing right now".

"We also know that given the financial pressures that the island was under before, it makes the task even more hard", he said. And the governor said he was "very grateful" to President Donald Trump for responding Puerto Rico's petition for help.

Hapgood says they plan for soldiers and airmen to be gone for two week, but they are not sure if it will take longer or take less time.

"Six commercial cargo ships have delivered supplies including food, water and generators to the Caribbean islands, and more supplies are on the way by ship from Florida and by air from Florida and Kentucky".

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"We're trying to communicate to our families in the US", Jose Flores, who traveled 17 miles to reach the tower, told CNN. Among the provisions: "The Defense Logistics Agency is sending 124,000 gallons of diesel fuel to Puerto Rico".

Fellow singer Ricky Martin has donated $100,000 to the relief effort and launched an online fundraiser.

The pledge of United Kingdom aid comes after the prime minister of Dominica formally requested global support to address the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, medical services in Puerto Rico are in a precarious position, and for some patients it is safer to evacuate to the US mainland for treatment.

A handful of stars with connections to Puerto Rico joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference Sunday to draw attention to the severity of the damage, Deadline reported Sunday, including Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez.

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