Puerto Rico’s governor raised the U.S. territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who succumbed in the aftermath had been severely undercounted.
“I was indignant,” said Gloria Rosado, a 62-year-old college professor who watched the president’s news conference on TV late Tuesday from San Juan and was still fuming the next day. “The image of my dead husband immediately came to my mind … as well as all the lives that were lost.”
The official death toll from Hurricane Maria increased this week from 64 to 2,975. Trump pointed to the island’s pre-existing financial and infrastructure challenges, but falsely claimed its electric plant “was dead” and “shut” before Maria hit.
Foliage has grown back, grocery stores and restaurants are stocked and busy, and most power’s been restored, according to a Maryland resident who owns property there. The Category 5 storm hit the island Sept. 19.
It’s been more than four months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and nearly half a million customers are still without power, the Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.
More than seven weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the conditions on the island are still grim. Two dozen officers from the Prince William County Police Department have headed to the storm-ravaged island this week to help provide on-the-ground help with recovery efforts.
St. John has a long road of rebuilding ahead before it returns to its glory days. But almost all who have an interest in the island say it will. See breathtaking photos of the recovery process.
A little over a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, recovery efforts continue on the U.S. island territory. See photos.
Hurricane relief efforts have been involving many players from myriad directions. This week, volunteers are needed to help load supplies Saturday morning into the Rendezvous Cay, leaving from Southwest D.C.
Every year, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats enter shelters nationwide. And when disaster hits, that impact is felt far beyond the stricken areas.
A 12-year-old girl from Prince George’s County has collected drinking water for Puerto Rico residents as a birthday present to herself. “I’m happy, because I can help other people,” she told WTOP.
Streets are clear of debris, grocery stores are stocked and there are no more lines for gas, but most of the island remains without power on St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Maryland man on St. Croix explains how the island is slowly rebuilding.
Fifteen members of the Maryland National Guard will be deploying to Puerto Rico to help purify and distribute drinking water to remote areas of the island devastated by Hurricane Maria.
About 30 dogs from hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico have arrived in Maryland, and will likely go up for adoption in a few weeks.
After several weeks of criticism over his administration’s response to aiding Puerto Rico, President Trump tweeted that the federal relief efforts may soon end on the island.
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