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One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico

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Frances Robles, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Richard Fausset, and Ivelisse Rivera report in the NY Times. The report should be read at the link because much of the substance is in the photos. Maps show the locations mentioned. The article begins:

6 a.m.
Near Corozal

The sun rose Wednesday morning in the low mountains of north-central Puerto Rico, near the town of Corozal, to reveal the world that Hurricane Maria has made: shattered trees, traffic lights dangling precipitously from broken poles, and, here on the face of a weedy hill, a gushing spring, one of the few places where people from miles around could find fresh water.

At 6 a.m., about a dozen trucks and cars had parked nearby. People brought rain barrels, buckets, orange juice bottles.

Some men clambered up the steep face of the hill, placing plastic pipes or old pieces of gutter underneath the running spring, directing the water into massive plastic tanks, then hauling them away. Others crouched at a spot where the water trickled down to the pavement. Jorge Díaz Rivera, 61, was there with 11 Clorox bottles. He lives in a community a few minutes’ drive away where there is no water, no food, and no help. The National Guard helicopters have been passing overhead, and sometimes he and his neighbors yell at them, pleading for water. But so far he has seen no help.

“They have forgotten about us,” he said.

Puerto Rico has not been forgotten, but more than a week after Hurricane Maria hit, it’s a woozy empire of wreckage; of waiting in line for food, water and gas and then finding another line to wait in some more. A team of New York Times reporters and photographers spent 24 hours — from dawn Wednesday to scorching afternoon heat, to a long uneasy night and Thursday morning without power — with people trying to survive the catastrophe that Hurricane Maria left behind.

6:51 a.m.
Santurce, San Juan

Elizabeth Parrilla turned the corner at Calle Loíza and trudged quietly down the dead-end road leading to her home of 50 years on Calle Pablo Andino. Her wedges were beginning to get filthy from the damp foliage left behind by the waters that had inundated her street several days before.

7:44 a.m.

Three hundred cars and trucks were lined up on the shoulder of the highway just outside town. Another line of at least 100 cars had formed on the other side of the Ecomaxx gas station. . .

Continue reading.

In the meantime, Trump continues to play golf, criticize the officials on site who are trying to deal with the catastrophe, and complain about how Puerto Rico will pay for the help they’re getting (something he did not mention for Texas or Florida). (Puerto Ricans do pay taxes and thus can reasonably expect help from the government, though Trump seems to begrudge giving any help at all to them (though not to Texas or Florida.) Having not bothered to go there, Trump is also claiming that the people in Puerto Rico are not working to repair the damage. (His attitude may be shaped by the fact that Puerto Ricans speak Spanish.)

Written by Leisureguy

30 September 2017 at 10:41 am

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