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Hurricane Maria’s death toll increased to 45 in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria's death toll increased to 45 in Puerto Rico

  • Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities said.In addition, more than 110 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Department of…
  • In the town of Caguas, in the island’s central mountain range, some patients — including one breathing with the aid of a ventilator — had to be evacuated to the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort near San Juan after a generator failed, Dr. Christian Rodriguez said this week.
  • As of Wednesday 89% of the island was without electricity and almost 47% had no phone service, according to a website set up by the Puerto Rican government.
  • For weeks, island residents have been queuing up in seemingly interminable lines for their basic needs — from food to cash.
  • Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, citing an “unprecedented catastrophe,” has lobbied Capitol Hill for a significant new influx of money soon as the island perches on the brink of “a massive liquidity crisis,” according to a letter obtained by CNN.

Some good news came on Tuesday as government officials announced that 16 percent of the island has working electricity. 

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities said.In addition, more than 110 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Department of Public Safety.The recovery has moved slowly since Maria struck the US territory on September 20, leaving most of the island without basic services such as power and running water, according to residents, relief workers and local elected officials.

 

 

Acting US Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will make her second trip to the island on Thursday, DHS spokesman David Lapan said Wednesday.

Hospitals throughout the island have been running low on medicine and fuel, officials said.

In the town of Caguas, in the island’s central mountain range, some patients — including one breathing with the aid of a ventilator — had to be evacuated to the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort near San Juan after a generator failed, Dr. Christian Rodriguez said this week.

At least two people have died from leptospirosis, which spreads when the urine of infected animals gets into drinking water, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told CNN Wednesday.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” she said. “We are now starting to see a lot of health issues… So we are in a great effort, a…

Hurricane Maria’s death toll increased to 45 in Puerto Rico

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