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PUERTO RICO - AFTER THE HURRICANE MARIA

by Thomas published on September 29, 2017

Now, more than a week later, filthy, stagnant floodwaters still blanket the streets. Food and fuel supplies are scarce, and two people on life support have died because a hospital’s generator ran out of diesel.

The island’s communications infrastructure was also badly damaged, leaving Puerto Rico eerily cut off from the rest of the world. The island remains almost entirely without electricity, and nearly half of the 3.4 million US citizens who live there don’t have fresh water.

The widespread power outage knocked out almost all cable service and telephone lines, according to the latest update from the Federal Communications Commission. More than 90 percent of the island’s cellphone towers are still out of service.

The wrecked communication infrastructure is stalling recovery efforts, keeping people both on and off the island in the dark about the worst of the hurricane’s destruction. Emergency personnel have finally managed to reach all 78 of Puerto Rico’s municipalities.

Communication after a disaster of this scale isn’t just a matter of convenience; it’s life and death.
With temperatures climbing over 90 degrees, no refrigeration for food or medication, and no water, more people will die, especially those who are older, injured, sick, differently abled, or alone — especially if they have no way to call for help.

Because roads are damaged, drivers and dispatchers can’t coordinate their efforts, and thousands of pounds of emergency supplies are stuck at the ports.

Americanlisted will be sending used clothes, aid supplies and furniture to those worst affected families.

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