Natural Disaster
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Hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico jumps to 34

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/05/17, 11:39 am

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to 34 on Wednesday after officials did a more thorough survey of area hospitals. The Category 4 hurricane struck the U.S. territory two weeks ago and much of the island remains in disaster response mode. Officials have restored power to about 8.6 percent of customers and hope to restore service for one-quarter of the island within a month. But the ongoing strain of recovery, including limited access to food and clean drinking water, has health officials worried about Puerto Ricans’ emotional and mental stability.

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Trumps get first look at storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/03/17, 02:49 pm

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump toured storm-ravaged Puerto Rico Tuesday, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island as a massive Category 4 storm. The presidential motorcade dodged downed trees and drooping power lines as it maneuvered through San Juan, the U.S. territory’s capital. Puerto Rican officials have criticized the Trump administration for not responding more quickly to help the island recover.

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Trump spars with Puerto Rican leaders over recovery delays

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/02/17, 11:07 am

President Donald Trump criticized officials in Puerto Rico over the weekend, blaming them for poor leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and allowing the media to turn them against him. The president tweeted 24 times about Puerto Rico on Saturday and Sunday, labeling some media coverage as “fake news” and praising his administration’s response to the disaster. The U.S. territory continues to struggle with a massive recovery effort after Hurricane Maria rolled over the island.

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