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Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness

San Juan - Most of San Juan and a strip of northern Puerto Rico municipalities were plunged into darkness Sunday night after an explosion at a power station, five months after two hurricanes destroyed the island's electricity network.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of hurricane deaths

San Juan - Puerto Rico's governor on Monday ordered a review of all deaths in the US territory since Hurricane Maria, responding to reports that the island's official toll from the devastating storm may vastly undercount the true number of fatalities.

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Orlando - Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century.

Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns

San Juan - The head of Puerto Rico's power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday.

Facing scrutiny, Puerto Rico to cancel plum power restoration contract

San Juan - Puerto Rico is scrapping a deal with a tiny American firm that fell under intense scrutiny after it nabbed a lucrative contract to restore electricity to the storm-ravaged island, the head of its power authority said Sunday.

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' five weeks post-storm

New York - Conditions in Puerto Rico are still heartbreaking more than five weeks after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation, with the lack of power and clean water compounding chronic conditions, medics say.

US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico and for areas devastated by wildfires, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Trump gives self 10/10 for Puerto Rico response

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday gave his administration ten-out-of-ten for its response a hurricane that hammered Puerto Rico exactly one month ago, as 80 percent of the US island remained without power.

Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane

Utuado - It's been a month since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and Samuel de Jesus still can't drive out of his isolated, blacked-out town.

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Washington - Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash with the major of San Juan branding the US president a "Hater in Chief.

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks Congress for more aid

Miami - The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has risen to 44 three weeks after the storm ripped through the island, Governor Ricardo Rossello said Wednesday.

Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks

New York - Google's parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Alphabet Inc.

Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery

San Juan - Bees fly around, disoriented, searching for flowers to pollinate. The trees have no leaves and once-lush mountains are a mass of dry branches.

Mexico to send aid to Puerto Rico after hurricane

Mexico - Mexico said Wednesday it will send humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, a disaster that US President Donald Trump has been accused of minimizing.

Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Washington - US President Donald Trump will ask Congress for a bumper $29 billion package of emergency relief for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, officials told AFP Wednesday.Trump will request a package that includes $12.

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll

Guaynabo - President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico and told them to be "proud" the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration's response to the disaster.

Trump in Puerto Rico to champion storm response

San Juan - President Donald Trump flew into hurricane-wracked Puerto Rico Tuesday, hoping to underscore government recovery efforts and repair damage done by his contentious early response to the crisis.

Puerto Rico's new migration to Florida could turn state Democratic

Aibonito - Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico looks likely to trigger a major wave of migration to Florida, which could push the politically important US state to the Democratic side, analysts said Sunday.

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

San Juan - President Donald Trump on Sunday defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well.

Machete, origami and reading: life in San Juan a week after Maria

Guaynabo - Alejandro Araujo whiles away the day doing jigsaw puzzles. At night, he sleeps on a hammock on the patio, machete at his side.

Trump calls Puerto Rican officials after lashing out at pleading mayor

San Juan - President Donald Trump spoke by phone with senior officials in hurricane- devastated Puerto Rico late Saturday, hours after lashing out at the mayor of San Juan who had pleaded for help and criticized the slow federal response.

Water from a rock: Puerto Ricans cope with hurricane aftermath

- The white pipes carved into the foot of the rain-soaked mountain stick out like needles, and from them flows water.Talk about a cool trick. This is one of the ways desperate and resilient Puerto Ricans are coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

San Juan - US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico on Friday amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island.

Trump lifts barriers to Puerto Rico hurricane aid

Washington - President Donald Trump eased shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, as he faced sharp criticism for the painfully slow response to Hurricane Maria.

Trump to visit Puerto Rico amid criticism of storm response

Washington - US President Donald Trump, under fire for his response to the storms that ravaged Puerto Rico, announced Tuesday that he will visit the hurricane-battered island next week.

Trump announces visit to storm-hit Puerto Rico

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced a visit to hurricane-lashed Puerto Rico, as his administration faced criticism over its response to a growing humanitarian crisis in the US territory.

Trump tweets about 'destroyed' Puerto Rico after criticism

Washington - President Donald Trump acknowledged late Monday that Puerto Rico was "in deep trouble," after facing blistering criticism for focusing much of his attention on a bitter feud with NFL players instead of the devastated US territory.

White House slaps critics on Puerto Rico hurricane response

Washington - The White House on Monday batted back allegations that Donald Trump is not focused on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, which has been clobbered by a series of deadly hurricanes.

Puerto Rico wants US aid after quake but not second-class treatment

San Juan - The calamity of Hurricane Maria could not have come at a worse time for Puerto Rico.The US island territory buckled under the weight of $70 billion in debt and filed for bankruptcy protection in May.

Puerto Rico devastated and powerless after Hurricane Maria

San Juan - On a good day it's a Caribbean paradise but Puerto Rico looked Thursday like it had been to hell and back after suffering the fury of Hurricane Maria.Roads were turned to mucky brown rivers that people ply with kayaks and small boats.
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