Aids President Trump Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico after hurricaneHelp arrives too slowly
A tank truck with water has arrived in the small town of Canovanas. Half of Puerto Rico's residents have run out of water since Hurricane Maria. On television you can see families filling buckets and plastic containers. It's a bit confusing, says Juan Cruz:
"This is the first tanker truck I've seen in the area. The first. That's why everyone is excited here. Everyone is trying to get water to survive. The bathrooms are filthy and we have nothing to cook with."
In Puerto Rico, a week after Hurricane Maria, the situation turns into a humanitarian catastrophe for the 3.4 million inhabitants. The highly indebted island is not a state in its own right, but belongs to the United States.
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US President Trump defends himself against the accusation that he did not pay enough attention to the crisis. Trump had had a dispute with protesting American football players on Twitter in the past few days. Now he wants to fly to the crisis area next week:
"Governor Roselló has praised how well we are helping. We know this is a disaster. The power grid was in bad shape before that. But it wasn't one hurricane, it was two. The second hurricane hit Puerto Rico as a storm Category 5. I don't think anyone has seen anything like this before. "
Many roads are still impassable. Debris and fallen trees are blocking the way. And the streets are under water. Even if aid reaches the island, it will be difficult to distribute, explains carrier Jose Luis Ayala:
"There is great concern that water and food will run out. But believe me, we now have several thousand well-filled containers here. As soon as the roads allow, we will deliver."
Hundreds of Puerto Ricans try to get one of the few seats at the airport. Only ten flights were able to leave the island yesterday. It's only going slowly, says United Airlines' Orlando Cordoba:
"We have no electricity, the airport works with generators, which makes everything more difficult. We ask passengers to be patient. Stay calm."
It's difficult: Lizbet Herrera was visiting Puerto Rico when the second cyclone hit the island. Now it is stuck. If your cell phone has reception, it is usually bad news from the airline:
"It's hard for tourists because the hotels are closing. Now our fourth flight has been canceled. They say they won't get us out until October."
It is also hot. Yesterday the temperatures reached up to 38 degrees. But without electricity for the air conditioning, doctors in hospitals can no longer help. A lot is therefore focused on the largest clinic in San Juan, says emergency doctor Juan Nazario:
"The number of patients in our emergency room is growing because other hospitals have had to close. In addition, people try to clean up and get injured in the process."
The Navy sends a hospital ship to the Caribbean. The National Guard plans to organize up to 90 relief flights a day from Savannah, Georgia, reports NBC. Everything is needed, says Juan Cruz next to the tank truck with drinking water in Canovanas:
"Help Puerto Rico a little more, because I know more can be done. We are US citizens, we should be treated equally."
Until now, Puerto Ricans have felt that they are not receiving the same kind of help that people in Texas or Florida receive.
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