26 September, 2017
"We know how much destruction has been done, and how hard it is going to be to rebuild Puerto Rico", Cuomo said. "Congress is working with the administration to ensure necessary resources get to the USA territory".
Velazquez said Puerto Rico was "already struggling from financial and economic challenges before Maria made landfall".
While the Demented Cheese Grit in Chief and his war against black athletes has been dominating headlines and social media feeds in the U.S., Puerto Rico is facing an increasingly desperate situation after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Thursday. The entire island lost power and at least 10 people have died as a result of the storm. Police say they have arrested 120 people, most for violating the curfew. "We are preparing for six months, maybe even a year without power", Nina Rodriguez, a human resources manager in San Juan, told the New York Times.
The team isn't sure how many evacuees will be coming to the region, or what their specific needs will be, so they'll be sent to different hospitals on a case-by-case basis. She said and others in the NY delegation will be advocating for federal funding to swiftly fix and rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid, help small businesses recover and address other problems. "We are concerned for them and for everyone on the island".
As Trump returned to D.C. after a weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, he again refused to acknowledge the devastation in Puerto Rico, instead sending a tweet about tax reform. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) Sonia Viruet, 61, who lives in the La Perla neighborhood, takes stock after Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage across Puerto Rico.More news: Cassini spacecraft completes death plunge into Saturn
Many hospitals are flooded, heavily damaged and running exclusively on gas generators, reports Reuters. To avoid duplicity, they are working in coordination with the Puerto Rico National Guard and focusing on areas that are unattended.
Maria remained designated as a hurricane early Monday.
Andrew Cuomo on Sunday launched a state effort to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
The storm was unlikely to hit the continental United States directly, but the NHC said large swells were affecting the USA east coast.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, medical services in Puerto Rico are in a precarious position, and for some patients it is safer to evacuate to the USA mainland for treatment.