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Crisis in Puerto Rico

Since Hurricane Maria hit landfall 3 weeks ago, only 16% of Puerto Rico's residents have electricity. 53% of residents now have cellular service and 64% have drinking water. But residents are still being ordered to boil their water before using it.


5,742 people are in shelters on the island. Fortunately, 65 hospitals are now open, but some of them are still relying on generators to operate. The governor is concerned a health emergency could be coming. There have been reports of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease. So far, at least 44 people on the island have died.


This morning, President Trump tweeted that "We cannot keep FEMA, the military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in Puerto Rico forever!" He also mentioned that the island was in a financial crisis before Hurricane Maria hit, and now Congress will decide how much they're willing to spend to help them.


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