Hurricane Maria: More flights from Puerto Rico land at OIA

  • Hurricane Maria: More flights from Puerto Rico land at OIA

Hurricane Maria: More flights from Puerto Rico land at OIA

They will get on a plane as soon as they get a green light from FEMA, the mayor said. Whole communities still haven't properly been heard from days after the storm passed. It holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers). Nearly 3.5 million residents are apparently without power, potentially for months.

At least in the short term, though, the soggy misery will continue: Additional rain - up to 6 inches (15cm) - is expected over Saturday.

Southwest Airlines planned limited service to San Juan on Saturday.

The Red Cross, she said, is facing the same obstacles the Puerto Ricans in Arkansas are facing: no access to ports, closed air ports, and little communication, rejecting the notion that the mainland matters more. Officials fear that this harsh reality will cause affected islanders to head to the U.S. mainland or migrate permanently to other Caribbean nations. The death toll so far is 13, though Puerto Rican government officials say the toll could rise in the coming days as more information comes in from isolated areas.

At least 27 lives in all have been lost around the Caribbean, including at least 15 on hard-hit Dominica. Two people died in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, according to media outlet El Jaya.

Some volunteers at the collection had their doubts as to whether this disaster will prompt an exodus of Puerto Rican residents to the US mainland.

"Almost overnight, the resident population of Antigua increased by about 3 percent ... our health services are strained, and generally speaking it is just a monumental task not only to provide relief but certainly the rebuilding itself will be even more challenging", he said.

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) - In Puerto Rico, nursing home caregiver Maria Ortiz is trying desperately to get ahead of the suffering her patients may face if she doesn't get aid and supplies quickly for them.

Three days after the massive hurricane crossed the US territory, towns remained without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service. The island has spent most of the last ten years in recession. You know, the government still hasn't been able to assess the magnitude of the damages.

Disaster modeler Enki Research estimates damage to the island at $30 billion, with $20 billion in direct physical damage and $10 billion in economic impact. "You can't take it with you so you might as well give it to somebody who needs it", she said. "People have other priorities than looking good".

Even before the storm battered the U.S. territory-just two weeks after Hurricane Irma inflicted an estimated $1 billion in damage on the island-there were already problems with its electrical infrastructure. "Water-could be moving water, could be swift water", he said. The L.A. County team will bring boats with them. "They answered and said, 'We're OK, ' but then the phone cut off". But he acknowledged: "This is going to be a tall lift". I think that - I think everybody's been hunkered down in their homes. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say at least 75 percent of the money needed to rebuild the island will come from FEMA since Puerto Rico is a USA territory.