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Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico was barely discussed this weekend

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico was barely discussed this weekend”

In Puerto Rico, Governor Rossello said the biggest concern was rain and flooding in the west of the island, adding that the authorities expected up to 25in [63cm] from the tail of the hurricane.

Ricardo Rossello said 70,000 people could be in danger on the USA territory if the dam failed. The storm also knocked out 100% of the island's electricity, and experts still aren't sure when it will be restored, although it's understood that it will take several months to do so.

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. "More than 15,000 people have been forced into shelters, and the storm has devastated the lives of thousands of others". As José A. Rivera, whose plantain farm on Puerto Rico's southeast coast was destroyed by the storm, told the New York Times Sunday, "There will be no food in Puerto Rico". "Today, Puerto Rico needs our help".

"I can not tell you what it meant to me and to the people of Puerto Rico to see NY not only pledge support but Governor Cuomo to actually show up with resources and supplies", Lopez said.

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The statewide collection of supplies and money will go to help the USA territory that was seriously damaged by Hurricane Maria.

"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". (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) Ivan Lopez, 51, chips in to to help his neighbors. "But it's also the one that can have the speediest recovery, and it'll be the great surprise in the Puerto Rican economy, because we're going to come back stronger".

"Part of the island is lacking communications so what we have are some preliminary assessments about 13 deaths at this juncture", he told CNN. White House officials have signaled that Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico, but an official date has yet to be announced.

US President Donald Trump has pledged federal help for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The NYPD and FDNY have promised to send dozens of first responders and members of the Office of Emergency Management to the island's capital of San Juan to assist with rebuilding efforts.



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