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20 Oct 2017 description
report MAP International

by Beth Hodges

One month ago today, Hurricane Maria roared through the Caribbean and slammed into Puerto Rico. While media coverage is beginning to fade, the suffering for so many continues. The damage to the island has been staggering with power outages expected to continue for six months or longer. Over half the residents do not have access to clean drinking water; less than 10 percent of roads are passable.

18 Oct 2017 description

Release Number:
R2 DR-4339-PR NR 021

Over the next several months, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Department of Energy, and private industry will unite to restore emergency power to Puerto Rico’s electric grid, which was heavily damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Currently, only 14 percent of Puerto Rico has electricity.

17 Oct 2017 description

HOUSTON (Oct. 17, 2017)—Habitat for Humanity is commencing the long-term phase of its Habitat Hammers Backhurricane recovery initiative, pledging to help more than 6,000 families across regions impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The nonprofit housing leader is seeking to raise $100 million to support the repair, rebuilding and new construction of homes to assist low- and moderate-income families in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

By Lara Cooper

Direct Relief shipments of critical medicines reached several communities in Puerto Rico Sunday, places where access has been a challenge.

Helicopters provided an infusion of help to the community of Utuado, as well as to the island of Vieques. The shipments sent out Sunday amounted to more than $120,000 in donated medicines and supplies.

16 Oct 2017 description
report El Nuevo Diario

Puerto Rico emitió hoy avisos de lluvias torrenciales ante la presencia de una onda tropical en los próximos tres días

El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología (SNM) de Puerto Rico emitió hoy avisos de lluvias torrenciales ante la presencia de una onda tropical en los próximos tres días, que puede agravar la situación en la isla, tras el paso del huracán María hace tres semanas.

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16 Oct 2017 description

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices conduct virtual meeting

16 Oct 2017 description
report Cruz Roja Panameña

El pasado 20 Septiembre, el Huracán Maria impacto a la Isla de Puerto Rico dejando a miles de personas damnificadas. El 25 de Septiembre la Cruz Roja Panameña en solidaridad con el pueblo de Puerto Rico tomo la decisión de abrir un centro de acopio para que todo el pueblo Panameño pudiera tener un lugar para captar ayuda humanitaria y así ser llevada a Puerto Rico.

16 Oct 2017 description

Release Number:
R2 DR-4339-PR NR 019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, supplying meals and water to severely impacted survivors remains a priority of local and federal government and nongovernment agencies. This is the largest sustained funding operation in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

16 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

What was once a neighborhood with a small stream running through it is now a fetid lake that has swamped homes and presents a major health concern for residents.

On Friday, trash floated through the murky green waters that have filled up homes in the Parcelas Selgas neighborhood of Florida, Puerto Rico, a municipality with the same name as the U.S. state and which sits two hours west of San Juan on the island’s north coast.

15 Oct 2017 description

ABU DHABI, 15th October, 2017 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates will provide urgent humanitarian aid to the victims of Hurricane Maria which hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving scores dead and inflicting heavy damage on the Caribbean islands.

15 Oct 2017 description

Release Number: DR 4339-PR NR 017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded an additional $128 million for emergency work conducted by the Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority (PREPA). These funds are in addition to the more than $213 million previously awarded for other emergency work.

15 Oct 2017 description

Release Number: R2 DR-4339-PR NR 015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Survivors of Hurricane Maria are urged to be aware of con artists trying to rip them off by claiming they will register them or help obtain disaster relief.

Inspectors and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other agencies that work with you to register you for assistance will have identification.

Relief agencies warn individual survivors and homeowners that bogus contractors and scam artists may target them during disaster recoveries.

15 Oct 2017 description

Release Number: DR-4339-PR NR 014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – In a joint effort between the Government of Puerto Rico, FEMA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), teams are working to remove debris from public and private property. Hurricane Maria’s strong winds and heavy rain brought down trees and power lines, damaged houses, schools and businesses and left approximately 6.2 million cubic yards debris, which could fill Yankee Stadium about seven times.

13 Oct 2017 description

by Martha Holley Newsome | Sep 27, 2017

The past month has unleashed what seems to be a startling increase in natural and manmade disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and violence. Bringing healing to people in crisis is core to who we are as an organization. It compels us to act, and to prayerfully consider where Medical Teams can help most – where the health needs are greatest, where we can gain access to those in need, and where we have the resources to respond.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

11 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

La Casa Blanca pidió el martes al Congreso $5.000 millones de dólares para aminorar la crisis fiscal que aqueja al gobierno de Puerto Rico tras el paso del huracán María, mientras decenas de miles de puertorriqueños continúan su éxodo hacia territorio continental estadounidense.

11 Oct 2017 description

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved more than $44 million for assistance to individuals and more than $96 million for emergency work in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

FEMA continues to take registrations from residents of Puerto Rico who incurred damages to their homes and personal property as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

A parking lot in San Juan turned into a staging area Tuesday morning as about 10 doctors, nurses and administrators gathered between rows of parked cars glistening in the Puerto Rico heat.

Some showed up in scrubs, some in jeans. All were ready to work with patients.

Leading the charge was Dr. Carla Rossotti, a primary care doctor who has been leading medical teams into communities that have had little to no medical care since Hurricane Maria made landfall almost three weeks ago.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

By Andrew Schroeder

After the winds and rains of Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the island was left in darkness. Electrical power generation was cut for 100 percent of households, cell phone towers went offline, and the airport and other ports closed operations, pending damage and safety reviews. In the days that followed, many municipalities, particularly in the interior, were entirely out of contact.

How severely were they affected? Had the flood waters receded? Were structures still intact?

09 Oct 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

BACKGROUND:

During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:

09 Oct 2017 description
report Listin Diario

EFE San Juan

El Gobierno de Puerto Rico investigará los problemas en la distribución de alimentos a la población necesitada tras la devastación de la isla causada por el paso del huracán María, que destrozó infraestructuras y dejó 36 muertos.

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