‘Hysteria Is Starting to Spread’ As Humanitarian Crisis Grows in Puerto Rico After Maria

‘Hysteria Is Starting to Spread’ As Humanitarian Crisis Grows in Puerto Rico After Maria
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-us-virgin-islands-dominica-car ^ | 9/23/17 | Pam Wright

Posted on 9/24/2017, 2:08:07 AM by Kartographer

“Hysteria is starting to spread. The hospital is about to collapse. It’s at capacity,” Mayor Jose Sanchez Gonzalez of the north coastal town of Manati told the Associated Press Saturday, crying. “We need someone to help us immediately.”

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told The Weather Channel they were attempting to reach the most remote areas of the island by helicopter, as travel has been crippled by debris and downed power lines on Puerto Rico’s roads. Officials said Saturday they still could not communicate with more than half the territory’s towns.

Local newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported Saturday evening that the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were attempting to take control of a tanker loaded with fuel that was adrift in the sea near Salinas. The agencies are concerned that a spillage could occur should the tanker run aground.

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