Puerto Rico also known as: “La Isla Del Encanto / The Enchanted Island” or “La Perla del Caribe / The Pearl of the Caribbean” is going to the Greatest Challenge of our entire existence but our people are resilient enough to handle anything that is coming at them including having: NO Power for a couple of weeks, NO Cell phone service, NO drinking water, NO food, NO basic services, etc, says: “San Juan, Puerto Rico Major” Humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Nobody is coming to Help! same like in Key West, FL & Harvey TX still people Not Rescued yet! Don’t Think the gov will Save You! Prepare Yourself Now!
Celebridades responden con apoyo a Puerto Rico.
Has no food and water coming in…
They are buying at Sam’s club though, I guess Sam’s is supplied…
But they said NO DONATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT THAT SAYS THINGS ARE GOOD ARE LYING! HE SAID “SUPPOSED DONATIONS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED BUT WE DON’T SEE ANYTHING”
He drives miles to a metropolitan area called Mayagues for wifi.. has communication with me though wifi wassap and keeping me posted.
His house is GONE..
if it were not for other family that has food he, his wife and child would be done for..
his house is in a place called “Las Maria’s”
And his family in Moca has resevuar of water…
They are talking showers in nearby lakes and water coming down from the mountains…
Washing cloths in clean puddles they found..
I believe only selected are rescued and brought here so it distracts what they are doing on the dark end of the spectrum.. FEMA ships and.. Well..
Harvey is still destroyed. No help for them.
I wouldn’t be getting on any ships from America…If u know what I mean.?
1 week ago
also, my hubby and children are Puerto Rican, and I see the tears, sadness, worry and devastation when my in-laws talk on the phone with whoever they can find in their family! its awful! there’s so many poor babies, frightened kids, pregnant women, elderly.. EVERYONE suffering?? they need help bad!?
1 week ago
Yep…it’s a smoke screen to cover up the REAL AGENDA that they have planned…IT’S Hype BULLSHIT?
1 week ago
uh oh! you do know what that means now that the Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida and president chump has made an appearance. The same thing that happened in Texas is now going to happen to them. People for some reason keep thinking it’s a joke and it’s not happening people I can tell you and promise you that it is. a large majority of these people going to go missing never to be seen again. I’ll just stop there because I know they are monitoring everything but I know what I’ve seen with my own eyes whom I’ve talk to & home has not been able to be reached. They do take their phones.?
1 week ago
Sunshine I had a horrible thought come to me right at the beginning of this video; what if the missing people are being traded ? The word has gotten out about many people going missing (David Paulides, LordonArts, etc.) So maybe there’s less people to grab lately. These hurricanes etc not only depopulate but they put people in “barges” kept alive to make up for less missing people. Apparently a deal was made in the 50s that as long as the reptiles were fed, they wouldn’t come up. Also, a ufo crashed full of people in cages and body parts. Maybe it’s some crazy story but where do all those people disappear to ? Where are the homeless ? Was being flushed out to sea a coverstory ? Came out just as questions started circulating…just sayin’
1 week ago
Lori Miller you may have a point that is a very interesting thought that crossed your mind. I tend to believe things cross our minds and our Spirits for a reason so I would not ignore it at all. I’m actually going to research and look into that. I don’t put anything past them and I know for a fact people going missing, being used as slaves, sex trafficking, harvesting organs I believe all of what I mentioned is what’s going on with the missing people. Probably that and more so I agree.?
1 week ago
Lori Miller I believe that thoughts crossed your mind and your spirit for a reason so I wouldn’t count out and I do not doubt what crossed your mind. I believe that they’re using these people as slaves, sex trafficking, human trafficking, organ harvesting and more probably more sinister ritualistic practices I’ll just say it that way so I agree with you.?
1 week ago
You know something T.R.E… I tend not to believe anything that comes out of The Pres mouth because here we have still have Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico in dire straits need of help…And Trump just GAVE Isreal seventy-five million dollars….If you read the book of Revelation it talks about the FAKE Jews in Israel and how they are with the Kabal.. Isreal in not poor…Mean while Trump is complaining about Puerto Rico…None of these devestated states are getting any help. There not even letting Cargo supplies in to Puerto Rico..?
1 week ago
2 military bases already there.?
1 week ago
The US govt caused the hurricane in the first place. I don’t trust the SHIT .?
1 week ago
Ato Âge I know that re the island. No one is arguing that. But it is the intent and current state of this world.?
3 days ago (edited)
Hi ! I’m seeking ur help. If u can . I became aware of what was going on in Texas and n FL. Thanks for all ur hard work finding all the info that u share. Now ,I just spoke with my husband . He told me that he talked to his mother in Trujillo Alto , Puerto Rico. She said That in area of Coamo they found families buried in their houses.
1 week ago
If these people leave their land on ships they will never return . They should tell them just bring ships off food wood and supplies and they rebuild. .send clean up teams and cash
No ships.. ?
6 days ago (edited)
trulyfabulous01 trump doesn’t give a FUKKK bout anyyyyone that’s NOT part of his ELITE club…he treats white working class ppl juuust like his own lil slaves..NONE OF THEM ELITES give aDamnnn bout ANYYY OF US…ppl need to get over this race BS n realize the “powers that SHOULDNT be” wana get rid of US ALL..replace us w robots n tech n they can Live their lil fancy lives w/o having to see,deal with or be bothered by anyyyy who aren’t in their elite class…its devide n conquer w this race BS n by the time the majority of ppl realize it’ll be too late n well ALL be done for?
1 week ago
are one of the few left I trust! Just when u get a chance will u please look into Sky Net that our military controls. I keep reading that they are trying to roll this out ASAP and it somehow connects with our Internet and it’s not a good thing!! Also, I keep hearing “Red October” by just a few people…like they have inside knowledge of some type revolution gonna take place in October and november, and somehow connected to the type of thing that happened in Russia many years ago. Thanks so very much and I’m praying for you daily!! People like you are irreplaceable, dirty mouth and all! lmbo, I had to! Thanks again!!!?
1 week ago
A volunteer aid worker there from Louisiana reported yesterday or the day before that they were not allowed to go further inland. He said the volunteers were all being kept in coastal areas rebuilding there. He also said the supplies they took with them were rationed to inland after they took out what the said they needed on the coast.
1 week ago
‘HAARPACANE’, awesome commentary. Thanks. FEMA is more like spying on people with their one bottle or case of water and dehydrated food handouts. They going house to house spying and taking notes on pads. My family was prepared and had a plan for evacuation if necessary; I refused to open my door to FEMA. Watched them out my window as the surveyed my house and damage. They are pushing you to apply for SBA loans so they can have a lien your property.?
The island’s capital, San Juan, has fared better than the other 77 municipalities. But just outside the metropolitan areas, impoverished communities in towns like Canóvanas and Loíza are still impatiently waiting for FEMA or any government aid to arrive four weeks after the storm.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, 54, says she has visited towns like Loíza and Comerío outside of her municipality and witnessed bleak scenes, and has called the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the hurricane inefficient and bureaucratic. She’s also criticized President Donald Trump’s leadership during the current crisis in Puerto Rico.
During a sit-down interview on Sunday, Cruz Soto told HuffPost she has “theories” about why federal aid has been slow to arrive to towns no more than than 30 minutes from the capital. She also painted a picture of the stark conditions Puerto Ricans are facing in the metropolitan area and beyond.
“I have learned in this disaster of a situation many things,” Cruz Soto said. “One is that we will no longer be able to hide our poverty and our inequality with palm trees and piña coladas; and two, that the dialogue, the discourse and what you’re seeing have to go hand in hand.”
We will no longer be able to hide our poverty and our inequality with palm trees and piña coladas.
“Before you could go somewhere and all these green trees and palms trees would be literally hiding away the more disadvantaged areas of San Juan and of Puerto Rico,” she said. “They are raw there [now] for us to see.”
In San Juan, like on the rest of the island, most residents lead their lives under the sweltering Caribbean heat with no electricity to run air conditioning or fans. Many gather inside some of the small number of businesses with generators but head home as soon as the midnight curfew kicks in. Cell service is spotty at best, but phones are only useful if you’re able to find a place to charge them.
At least 84 percent of the metropolitan area has running water, according to the Puerto Rico government website. But that doesn’t mean much for those living in high-rise buildings.
“Because San Juan is a lot of buildings, people have not seen the devastation,” Cruz Soto said. “Those buildings have become human cages, especially for the elderly and the sick. You don’t have food, you don’t have water, you don’t have electricity, so the water does not pump up to the 14th and 15th floor.”
The mayor said her administration has cleaned more than 66 million pounds of debris, vegetative material and domestic waste since Sept. 19. But there is a lot more left to do, particularly since the city’s priority continues to be the well-being of its residents, she said.
“You think when the hurricane is gone and you go outside [that] you’ll be able to start rebuilding but you can’t,” Cruz Soto explained. “You have to make sure you save lives first and then start cleaning the debris.”
On the outskirts of San Juan
Cruz Soto said she and her team have canvassed 37 communities outside of San Juan and 12 municipalities have gone to her directly for help.
“The mayors have come to us and they say ‘Mira Yulín, we have no food, no water, no one has gone to see us,’” she said. “What am I supposed to do? Just say, ‘Oh, go on your merry way because what I have is for San Juan’? Whatever San Juan gets, we make sure to service our people but we make sure that we have enough to share with other people.”
HuffPost visited a community in Canóvanas, approximately 19 miles from San Juan, during which multiple people came up to reporters asking if we were FEMA. While describing the scene to Cruz Soto, she interjected: “What does that tell you? Where is FEMA, right?”
Many officials, including the Puerto Rican governor, have justified FEMA’s slow response on the island since Maria hit by pointing to logistical issues, including road damage and port closures.
“That is the most ludicrous, ridiculous, offensive explanation,” Cruz Soto said of the explanation. “The most powerful country in the world cannot get supplies to [an island that is] 100 miles by 35 miles wide? They don’t want to get the supplies there. That’s a different story. How have I been able to get to these towns? I take my trucks, if there’s a tree in the way we get it out and move it out of the way, we push on.”
The most powerful country in the world cannot get supplies to [an island that is] 100 miles by 35 miles wide?
An absent federal government
When asked why the federal government would not want to get the supplies to these areas, Cruz Soto says she can think of no other explanation for why the response has been so lacking.
“It’s unthinkable that they cannot, so it must mean that they do not want to,” she said.
Though she does have at least one theory as to why the federal government’s response has been so halting on the island.
“It may be easy to try to disregard us,” Cruz Soto said. “It may be easy because we’re a U.S. territory and a colony of the United States. But we are people dammit and I don’t care what the political status is.”
Cruz Soto compared the federal response in Puerto Rico to the one after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where she says the world saw “how the U.S. did everything they could.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz outside the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, a stadium that’s been functioning as the city’s headquarters for supply distribution.
She also said that there are more than 300 people from the U.S. mainland ? including organizations like the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the UFCW, who are working to bring aid to people — which she described as the “true spirit of the United States.”
“But why would you systematically deny food and water and medication to a group of people?,” Cruz Soto continued. “It’s close to genocide. And I know it’s a strong word but it is close to genocide.”
Why would you systematically deny food and water and medication to a group of people? It’s close to genocide.
“Rather than dying from a horrendous act of nature, we’re dying from the horrendous inaction of men and women ? of one particular man — because I’ve seen the FEMA people who are out on the field,” she said. “Their hearts go out. They want to do more.”
In response, Cruz Soto said she’s asked the United Nations to stand by Puerto Rico.
“It is a human rights violation to deny people to access to drinking water,” she said. “And dammit we’re dying. This is not a hyperbole; you saw it. This is not getting better as the days go by.”
The island’s water utility is distributing water from a Superfund site
But there is something about this water Rodriguez didn’t know: It was being pumped to him by water authorities from a federally designated hazardous-waste site, CNN learned after reviewing Superfund documents and interviewing federal and local officials.
Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn’t startle him.
More than three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged this island, more than 35% of the island’s residents — American citizens — remain without safe drinking water.
It’s clear some residents are turning to potentially risky sources to get by.
Friday afternoon, CNN watched workers from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, or AAA, distribute water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site, which was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous waste cleanup.
Residents like Rodriguez filled small bottles from a hose and piled them in their vehicles. Large trucks with cylindrical tanks on their backs carried the water to people elsewhere. Some of the trucks carried the name of the municipality of Dorado. Others simply were labeled with the words “Agua Potable,” Spanish for potable water.
In announcing the addition of the Dorado site to the Superfund program, the US Environmental Protection Agency says the area was polluted with industrial chemicals, including tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, which “can have serious health impacts including damage to the liver and increasing the risk of cancer,” according to the EPA.
EPA ‘gathering more information’
It’s unclear whether there are public health risks from this particular well, however.
The EPA said it plans to do testing in the area over the weekend.
“The EPA is gathering more information about the quality of water from the wells associated with our Dorado groundwater contamination site, as well as other Superfund sites in Puerto Rico,” the agency said in a statement issued to CNN on Friday. “While some of these wells are sometimes used to provide drinking water, the EPA is concerned that people could be drinking water that may be contaminated, depending on the well. We are mindful of the paramount job of protecting people’s health, balanced with people’s basic need for water.”
Regional EPA spokesman Elias Rodriguez confirmed the location is part of a Superfund site.
Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the water authority, was unaware that this well site was part of the Superfund program until CNN provided maps showing that this was the case, according to Luis Melendez, sub-director for environmental compliance at the utility.
Melendez maintained the water is fit for public consumption. The well was opened on an emergency basis and is not part of the regular drinking water supply, he said.
In 2015, this well in Dorado, which is located near a shopping center, was found by the EPA to be safely within federal standards for PCE and chloroform, two industrial chemicals.
‘I’ve never seen this before’
Martyn Smith, a professor of toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley, told CNN the levels of PCE and chloroform would be essentially safe for human consumption. “I wouldn’t have any problem in drinking this water if these were the only chemicals in it,” he said. The problem with Superfund sites, he said, is that you don’t know what else is present.
“I’ve never seen this before,” he said, referring to the idea a Superfund site would be used as a source of public drinking water. Boiling the water, he said, would reduce possible contamination. And it’s somewhat understandable, Smith added, that people in Puerto Rico would turn to possibly questionable drinking water sources given the scope of the crisis.
Still, a Superfund site — a location with known health risks — is just about the last place a person would want to turn to find drinking water, even in a crisis, said Erik Olson, head of the health program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.
“There are thousands of chemicals out there that could be in a Superfund site and only a relative handful are covered by standards,” he said. “What I would be worried about is stuff that isn’t showing up on EPA’s drinking water standards. It just sounds really risky to me to be serving water out of a Superfund well.”
People waiting in line for water on Friday were largely unaware of these concerns. Some of them had heard the EPA announced this week that it had received reports that Puerto Ricans were getting water from Superfund sites. But those interviewed assumed that wasn’t this well.
Mayra Perez, a 59-year-old retiree, expressed pride in the quality of the water.
“I’m sure there are no chemicals in this water,” she said.
Aixa Chevere, a mother of two, said she would find a new source of water if this site was shown to be contaminated. Already, the family spends three to four hours per day waiting in lines for basic services and goods, including water. “We would boil the water or search for bottled water” if it were dangerous, she said. “We would find some other alternative.”
That day, however, she loaded the water into her trunk of her car.
More than a month after Hurricane Irma swept ashore and three weeks after Hurricane Maria delivered a crushing blow, much of Puerto Rico remains without power, and many of its 3.4 million residents still are struggling to find clean water, hospitals are short on medicine, commerce is slow and basic services are unavailable.
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump tweeted.
And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist with Sinclair Broadcasting Group, as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”
On the island, residents and elected officials responded to Trump’s Thursday tweets with outrage and disbelief. Radio disc jockeys gasped as they read aloud the presidential statements, while political leaders charged that he lacked empathy and pleaded for help from fellow U.S. citizens on the mainland.
“The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has publicly praised Trump’s handling of the crisis, tweeted in apparent response to the president.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, who has been feuding publicly with Trump, strongly condemned the president’s tweets. In a tweet of her own, she derided him as a “Hater in Chief.” And she argued in a statement that he “is simply incapable of understanding the contributions, the sacrifices and the commitment to democratic values that Puerto Ricans have shown over decades.”
Trump has been roundly criticized for his seeming reluctance to come to Puerto Rico’s aid. During last week’s visit to San Juan, the president tossed rolls of paper towels at local residents as if shooting baskets. He also noted that the death toll was lower than the “real catastrophe” of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
To many Puerto Ricans, Trump’s Thursday comments stung and helped underscore their feeling that the president does not view them as deserving the same level of assistance as mainland U.S. citizens.
“We are the same kind of citizens as those in Texas and New York,” Joan Figueroa, a 44-year-old homemaker, said as she waited for several servings of rice to take to bedridden elderly neighbors in her apartment complex on the edge of San Juan.
“He wouldn’t say what he’s said if the disaster was there,” Figueroa said. “We depend on the federal government because our government can’t handle it. But we will rise up with or without Trump.”
On a bus headed for the crowded and sweltering San Juan airport, Isabel Cruz and Ramon Nieves — a married couple who lived much of their adult lives in New Jersey but retired in Puerto Rico, the island of their births — sat in the middle row of a van rattling off several of Trump’s tweets almost word-for-word, in voices that dripped with disdain.
“He doesn’t think of us as Americans,” said Nieves, 71.
“It’s not just that,” Cruz, 78, said. “He’s racist.”
That last word, “racist,” she said slowly and emphatically. Then she repeated it for emphasis.
In Washington, Trump administration officials sought Thursday to reassure Puerto Ricans that the U.S. government remained fully committed to the territory’s long-term recovery, despite the president’s tweets.
Standing beside Trump at a White House event in which she was formally nominated to be secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen addressed long-term hurricane recovery efforts.
“I also know that this rebuilding will take years, and I want to echo what the president has said many times: We will remain fully engaged in the long recovery effort ahead of us,” said Nielsen, currently the deputy White House chief of staff.
John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, similarly told reporters that “our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done.” Asked whether Trump considers Puerto Ricans to be U.S. citizens, Kelly said he did.
Kelly, who said he spoke with Rosselló earlier in the day, said Trump’s tweets were meant to communicate his hope that Federal Emergency Management Agency workers and the military can withdraw and hand off efforts to the Puerto Rican government “sooner rather than later.”
“They’re not going to be there forever,” Kelly said. “The whole point is to start to work yourself out of a job, and then transition to the rebuilding process.”
John Rabin, a top FEMA official involved in the response to Hurricane Maria, said in an interview that “as Puerto Rico needs assistance from the federal government, we’re there to provide it.”
“Everybody that’s working in FEMA, everybody that’s there in Puerto Rico, is focused on helping Puerto Rico respond and recover, and that’s what we’re going to focus on,” said Rabin, the acting regional administrator for FEMA Region 2, which oversees Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and New York and New Jersey.
Federal recovery and rebuilding efforts from past storms — such as Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005 — have lasted months and in some cases years.
But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Successful recoveries do not last forever; they should be as swift as possible to help people resume their normal lives.”
Trump’s threats to limit the emergency-worker footprint in Puerto Rico come as the House voted Thursday by an overwhelming margin, 353 to 69, to pass a $36.5 billion disaster aid package that includes provisions to avert a potential cash crisis in Puerto Rico prompted by Maria. The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.
Rosselló warned congressional leaders over the weekend that the U.S. territory is “on the brink of a massive liquidity crisis that will intensify in the immediate future.” The legislation that passed the House allows up to $4.9 billion in direct loans to local governments in a bid to ease Puerto Rico’s financial crunch. Without congressional action, the territory may not be able to make its payroll or pay vendors by the end of the month.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said that Puerto Rico must eventually “stand on its own two feet.” But, he said, “at the moment there is a humanitarian crisis that has to be attended to, and this is an area where the federal government has a responsibility, and we’re acting on it.”
Top Democrats assailed Trump for his Thursday tweets on Puerto Rico. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called them “heartbreaking,” adding that “we are all Americans, and we owe them what they need.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted: “There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done.”
Another New York Democrat, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, said in a statement that the president’s “most solemn duty is to protect the safety and the security of the American people. By suggesting he might abdicate this responsibility for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, Mr. Trump has called into question his ability to lead.”
On Thursday morning in San Juan, Jose Vazquez was listening to the radio when the programming was interrupted by a special report. An exasperated announcer read Trump’s tweets about emergency workers not being in Puerto Rico “forever.”
The other disc jockeys gasped in disbelief. Vazquez couldn’t believe it either, he said — and paused.
Well, actually, he could.
“We don’t want them here forever,” Vazquez, 35, said. “We need them until Puerto Rico normalizes. If they can leave soon, great. That would mean we are closer to a full recovery.”
But Vazquez, who was waiting outside the Puerto Rico coliseum to pick up free meals to deliver to elderly public housing residents, said: “FEMA is not a gift. It’s insurance we pay for.
“It’s their duty to respond,” he said. “And we really need the help.”
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