Recovery Efforts Underway in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria


The powerful storm caused catastrophic damage, with 15,000 residents in shelters and at least six deaths reported so far in Puerto Rico. Another three people died in a mudslide in Utuado municipality, according to the same broadcaster citing local authorities.

Irma grazed Puerto Rico on Sept. 6, knocking out power to more than 1 million of PREPA's 1.5 million customers.

But the island was in crisis even before Maria hit - it filed for bankruptcy in May with $70 billion worth of debt.

Governor Ricardo Rossello said the dam had suffered a "structural failure", and urged people living in Isabela and Quebradillas to flee. "We are only getting information from the radio, and they are saying they are not getting information from many areas".

"Me and my cousin still haven't been able to hear from our families over there", she revealed.

Already-drenched US territory Puerto Rico could see an additional 10 to 20 centimetres of rain, while some locations could see maximum storm total amounts reaching up to 100 centimeres. Right now, Maria is approximately 55 miles north of Grand Turk island, a popular tourist destination, and she is moving northwest at about 8 mph. "Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean". Their lives are in danger! The entire island was left without power, with some areas not expecting to see electricity for months. "You got to do it house by house to make sure everybody is okay", said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Also on the trip with Cuomo was Rep. Nydia Velasquez, who has strong ties to the island, and said the visit prepared her to advocate for those affected.

Our hearts go out to Lopez's family and the country as a whole.