Americans dying in Puerto Rico

  1. Puerto Rican mayor: 'We are dying, you are killing us with the inefficiency'
    Puerto Rico Mayor Yulín Cruz is begging for help with Hurricane Maria relief for the island of more than 3.4 million people suffering without power and other basic necessities.“I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying,” she said Friday. “If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying...
    Puerto Rican mayor: 'We are dying, you are killing us with the inefficiency' - The San Diego Union-Tribune
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  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    It seems like the federal government was not anticipating the needs of these citizens very accurately.

    I wonder why?
  4. by   nursej22
    I am reading conflicting stories about what is happening in Puerto Rice. The governor and the federal government is saying one thing, and the mayor of San Juan and the few reporters on the island are saying another. With the near non-existent infrastructure and limited communication, it is hard to know.

    I love the story about how Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and performer Pit Bull are using their private planes to deliver aid and transfer refugees. Hmm, who else has his own plane?

    And Chefs Jose Andres and Jose Enrique are preparing meals for locals and hospitals.
  5. by   chare
    It sounds as if Mr. Trump is involved, and in regular communication with Mr. Rosello, the Governor of Puerto Rico.
    […]
    JOHN YANG: Governor, are you getting all the aid you need or getting it fast enough from the states?

    GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLO: First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly.

    The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.

    We have been working together. We have been getting results. The magnitude of this catastrophe is enormous. This is going to take a lot of help, a lot of collaboration. So, my call is to congressmen and congresswomen to take action quickly and conclusively with an aid package for Puerto Rico.
    […]
    Elsewhere in the article Mr. Rossello urges congress to act “quickly and conclusively” in passing an aid package. Even though Mr. Ryan has claimed “…Puerto Ricans will have what they need,” I am concerned that it will get mired in the usual partisan BS that seems to have controlled congress for far too long.

    Devastated Puerto Rico needs unprecedented aid, says governor | PBS NewsHour
  6. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from chare
    It sounds as if Mr. Trump is involved, and in regular communication with Mr. Rosello, the Governor of Puerto Rico.

    Elsewhere in the article Mr. Rossello urges congress to act “quickly and conclusively” in passing an aid package. Even though Mr. Ryan has claimed “…Puerto Ricans will have what they need,” I am concerned that it will get mired in the usual partisan BS that seems to have controlled congress for far too long.

    Devastated Puerto Rico needs unprecedented aid, says governor | PBS NewsHour
    Do you know which party members played partisan politics with previous hurricane relief packages? Was relief for Hurricane Sandy, or Katrina, or Harvey, or Irma opposed by any legislators?
  7. by   chare
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Do you know which party members played partisan politics with previous hurricane relief packages? Was relief for Hurricane Sandy, or Katrina, or Harvey, or Irma opposed by any legislators?
    Yes. There were a number of Republicans opposed to the the Sandy aid package; I am unsure as to the reason(s) they opposed it.

    Ninety members of the house, and 17 senators opposed the Harvey relief bill. All 90 members of the house were Republican, and opposed raising the debt ceiling limit, which had been included as a reult of a deal between Mr. Trump and the Democratic members of Congress; although I've no doubt that a number of Republicans supported this addition.

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  8. by   Lil Nel
    Yes. It was Republicans who opposed aid for Sandy. They didn't want to increase the debt (never mind that they have been SILENT and church mice on Trump's tax break plan that will increase debt).

    The loudest voice opposing aid for Sandy was Ted Cruz. But his hand was out begging for money for TX after Harvey.

    It is so sad that these Republicans only see us as a united nation when it suits and benefits THEIR state.

    I have no use for Ted Cruz, or those Republicans like him.

    It is too bad that the Bum didn't employ better planning as related to Maria. How much warning did the federal government have regarding this hurricane? A week? More?

    Resources could have been put in place prior to the disaster. But that requires some forethought. And that is something that the Bum isn't capable of. He was a campaign rally in Alabama railing against the NFL as things had already unraveled in PR.
  9. by   Ted
    "President" Trump is a verifiable liar. He has lost all credibility a LONG time ago. . . .

    San Juan Mayor Rebukes Trump Administration for Rosy Comments on Relief Effort - The New York Times

    And now Trump is criticizing San Juan's Mayor. . .

    Trump Lashes Out at Puerto Rico Mayor Who Complained About Storm Response - The New York Times

    Trump: Our country's worst and most dangerous enemy.
    Last edit by Ted on Sep 30
  10. by   elkpark
    Quote from Lil Nel
    Yes. It was Republicans who opposed aid for Sandy. They didn't want to increase the debt (never mind that they have been SILENT and church mice on Trump's tax break plan that will increase debt).
    Well, that was their rationale, but it was no coincidence that it was blue states that were damaged by Sandy. They were singing an entirely different tune when it was red states that were hit ...
  11. by   Lil Nel
    As I said, their hands are out whenever it benefits them.
  12. by   Lil Nel
    This is from the Hill. I have also heard bits and pieces of this story on NPR. Another example of the Bum doing what he does best: Dividing and embarrassing the citizens of this country. But hey, at least we've discovered something he is actually good at!

    President Trump on Saturday criticized Puerto Rico's "poor leadership" and defended his administration's response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's devastation on the island.
    Following a plea for aid by San Juan's mayor, Trump said the mayor was being "nasty."
    "The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," Trump tweeted. "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help."
    "They*want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort," he continued. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."


    Did anybody hear him say that clean-up and recovery in TX should be a community effort? What about FL? Community effort? And neither one of those states were hit nearly as hard as PR.

    Ah, but he's got to keep throwing meat to the rabid, bigoted base. He's nothing without them.
  13. by   Ted
    There was a news interview with the Congresswoman of the U.S. Virgin Islands (I don't remember her name). She was pleading that the U.S. Virgin Islands be remembered too. The recovery process remains slow, with seemingly minimal help from the Federal Government compared to states like Texas and Florida. She also commented that some Americans of the U.S. Virgin Islands are wondering if less attention is being focused towards their struggling recovery, by both the Federal Government and the News Media, because the residents are primarily black.

    Americans are struggling. Just because they live on small islands, surrounded by lots and lots and lots of water, should not mean that their need for recovery are less deserving. Yes, these islands involve more challenges for the recovery process. However, forward-thinking, well-organized and experienced individuals KNOW how to meet those challenges, or at least KNOW how to delegate to the appropriate individuals who can meet those challenges. In another interview, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said that MUCH more military personnel, food and water, medical supplies, and other recovery communication equipment could be (should be) AIRDROPPED, especially to the hard-to-reach areas. (I'm paraphrasing.)

    ALL of this organization should have been thought of beforehand, knowing full well that two Category 4 or 5 hurricanes were going to hit U.S. Territory, involving the lives of American Citizens. Yet, such forethought did not take place. American Citizens are suffering for it.
    Last edit by Ted on Sep 30
  14. by   herring_RN
    I think the president is calling the people of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico lazy.
    They are trying to survive. On TV I saw a man who carried his father across a treacherous river with only a wire stretched across. He had to to get im to dialysis before he died of CHF.
    Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is higher than official count, experts say
    Leovigildo Cotté died after not receiving the oxygen he needed at the only shelter that exists in the town of Lajas on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, which has been without electricity since Hurricane Maria careened through a week ago.
    Not even his connections to the government could save him.
    “The generator never arrived,” said Lajas Mayor Marcos Turín Irizarry, who said he looked for oxygen for Cotté — father of the former mayor of that same town — “turning every stone” but could not find it...

    ... The storm-related fatalities are mounting with each passing day, and official numbers are not counting patients who are not receiving dialysis, oxygen and other essential services.
    Among those at risk are people such as Pedro Fontánez, 79, who is bedridden at the Pavía Hospital in Santurce in San Juan and was due to be released even though he lacks electricity at home to support the oxygen and gastric tube-feeding he needs to keep him alive. His daughter, Nilka Fontánez, went to the government’s Emergency Operations Center desperately seeking help, but was told they were not accepting patients.
    “There’s no information,” said a frustrated Fontánez...

    ... The dead are at the hospital morgues, which are at capacity and in remote places where the government has yet to go. In many cases, families are unaware of the deaths...

    ... CPI sources in half a dozen hospitals said those bodies are piling up at the morgues of the 69 hospitals in Puerto Rico, of which 70 percent are not operating. The majority of the hospital morgues that provided information — including Doctor’s Center in Bayamón and Santurce, Pavía Hospital in Santurce, Manatí Medical Center, Dr. Pila in Ponce, Río Piedras Medical Center, Mayagüez Medical Center and the HIMA hospitals in Caguas and Bayamón — are at full capacity. Those hospitals are among the 18 that are partially operational...
    Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is higher than official count, experts say | Miami Herald

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