Aid flows to Puerto Rico but many still lack water and food

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO » Thousands of Puerto Ri­cans were fi­nally get­ting water and food ra­tions Fri­day as an aid bot­tle­neck be­gan to ease, but many re­mained cut off from the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties of life and were des­per­ate for power, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and other trap­pings of nor­mal­ity in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Maria.

There were many peo­ple around the country, espe­cially out­side the cap­i­tal, who were un­able to get water, gas or gen­er­a­tor fuel. That was de­spite the fact that mil­i­tary trucks laden with water bot­tles and other sup­plies be­gan to reach var­i­ous parts of Puerto Rico.

In some cases, aid that was be­ing dis­trib­uted by the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency was sim­ply not enough to meet de­mand on an is­land of 3.4 mil­lion peo­ple where nearly ev­ery­one was still with­out power, half were with­out run­ning water in their homes and the econ­omy was still crip­pled from the ef­fects of the storm.

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