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'You can't get sick now' - Dire Medical Conditions in Puerto Rico

20 Octubre 2017, 08:54 | Crisanna Felipe

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports from Puerto Rico on the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports from Puerto Rico on the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria

It's been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated much of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and things still don't appear to be getting much better. Across the island, people are frustrated by the long wait for tarps, which are usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Finally, the government's inability to pay off more than $70 billion in debt has provoked a congressionally mandated oversight board and a new fiscal plan that calls for efforts to raise taxes and significant cuts to the government.

ADRIAN FLORIDO, BYLINE: The view from Nancy Jimenez's rural home is breathtaking.

Some of the island's 51 sewage treatment plants remain out of service after Hurricane Maria struck last month. Her elderly mother lives on the first floor. "The camaraderie that I've experienced; neighbours out with there machetes helping to clear the roads, sharing food and water that is scarce, people volunteering on the relief process is amazing and has brought out the best in people".

As our flight began its descent into San Juan, I was filled with a sense of nervous dread. Above us, it's wide open sky.

"I would give myself a 10", Trump said. In short, this infrastructure is also essential for the effective implementation of recovery efforts. The agency is definitely spread a bit thin, it seems.

FLORIDO: This is her daughter's bedroom.

Kappauf grew up in the small surf town of San Clemente and like many surfers, traveled the world in search of waves. His wife wants him to leave, too. More recently, it's been very hit-and-miss, mostly messaging via cellphone. "You have to drink water, otherwise you die", he said.

Local insurance companies in the regions typically retain minimal property exposure, and make extensive use of both quota share and catastrophe reinsurance to limit exposures, something that has benefitted firms in recent times. Two of his remaining eight employees are considering leaving for good.

Education Secretary Julia Keleher has said she would like to get students back to class as soon as possible, but she is balancing many different priorities, including safety, repairs, teachers' needs, and finding homes for those staying at the schools. "But it's not an easy degree at all". Just stay right there.

"Unfortunately, it is not as easy as saying we are landing a plane at an airport, and bring your dog or cat and we will fly he or she back to the mainland", Browde says.

"Because of the electricity situation, a lot of people died, and are still dying". They estimate demand for some 100,000.

Our work on the island continues today and will for months to come. The integrated solar aspect of each of these systems could also help to drive down costs for residents by allowing them to become more self-sufficient and less dependent upon imported fossil fuels.



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