In Puerto Rico:
. . . the desperation and frustration only grew. Shelters ran out of supplies and residents lined up all night to purchase ice and fuel, only to walk away with a bag of cold water or just a few gallons of gas. Others complained of an absence of basics like tarps for roofs and the continuing lack of running water.
Officials still struggled to get supplies out of port to be distributed across an island of 3.4 million people where there is no electricity and scant phone service. Hospitals ran low on diesel for generators.
The island has become a landscape of long lines and growing impatience with the pace of the response to what Puerto Rico’s governor called the “greatest catastrophe” in its modern history. Lawmakers and local officials alike called on President Trump to place the military in charge and to send more troops, aircraft and ships.
The New York Times
NOTE: An earlier version of this diary included a Tweet saying that cases of cholera had been reported. Given the facts of the ground — including, particularly, the lack of clean drinking water — this is definitely a possibility. Importantly, though, I have been unable to find confirmation of the information in that Tweet. I should not have posted it as fact, and have updated the title.
Today’s Horrifying Statistics:
Nearly 12,000 still in shelters.
80 percent of crops destroyed.
2,400 miles of power lines destroyed.
1.57 million homes without power.
44 percent of population have no drinking water.
The Jones Act has been waived for just ten days:
Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean cancelled cruises to bring supplies in and take people out.
Call your Senators and Representative to DEMAND an immediate relief package for Puerto Rico.
For News About Puerto Rico, follow SOS Puerto Rico
Now the Comfort is leaving “by the weekend.” Should have been sent a week ago.
The Navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort will depart Naval Station Norfolk by the weekend and head to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico, U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki said Tuesday.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long announced from the White House on Tuesday that the ship would join other military relief and recovery efforts in the region. Comfort is expected to take four to five days to arrive, Wierzbicki said.
“We will make the best possible speed,” he said.
Shaming here is entirely appropriate:
Reporters are IN Puerto Rico — where is the US Government?
We must NOT let the Occupant’s inaction and the horrifying images wear us down. In addition to making calls to your Senator and Representative, here are other ways to help:
United For Puerto Rico was launched by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló and private corporations to fund relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Unidos is a fund supported by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and managed by the Hispanic Federation, which is a leading latino non- profit.
The Miami Foundation has two different funds. One for hurricane relief work, which "will support recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground," and one called U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund which "will support relief efforts in Caribbean island nations and territories, including Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico."
Concilio is also accepting donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
A Global Giving fund will provide short and long term aid to those affected in Puerto Rico.
Cruise ships providing help. Thank you!
Joining Jennifer Lopez (who donated $1 million last week):