Celebs aid ’cane vics

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY NANCY DIL­LON Ariel Scotti

HUNGER, THIRST and out­rage con­tin­ued in Puerto Rico Fri­day even as Pres­i­dent Trump cited the death toll from Hur­ri­cane Maria as ev­i­dence his ad­min­is­tra­tion was do­ing an “in­cred­i­ble” job.

“The loss of life — it’s al­ways tragic — but it’s been in­cred­i­ble, the re­sults that we’ve had with re­spect to loss of life,” the Pres­i­dent said. “Peo­ple can’t be­lieve how suc­cess­ful that has been, rel­a­tively speak­ing.”

While thou­sands more Puerto Ri­cans were fi­nally get­ting wa­ter and food ra­tions Fri­day, oth­ers lugged empty buck­ets around in the streets, des­per­ately search­ing for wa­ter trucks or neigh­bors will­ing to share.

In the north­west­ern city of Aguadilla, over 1,000 peo­ple were lined up for meals at 8 a.m. and re­ceived only four bot­tles of wa­ter each and four “snacks,” CBS News re­ported. When some re­turned for sec­onds, the Red Cross had to turn them away.

Some help ar­rived late Fri­day — Spirit Air­lines flew 27,000 pounds of sup­plies into the city and de­parted with 200 evac­uees, CBS re­ported. But many there re­mained des­per­ate.

“My fam­ily is in Aguadilla and they are hun­gry,” Car­rie Perez, 49, of Bris­tol, Conn., told the Daily News Fri­day. “There’s no power. My brother’s gen­er­a­tor is out. There’s no fuel, no food, now no wa­ter. I go to bed at night and my stom­ach is full. I feel guilty,” she said, break­ing down in tears.

“The re­sponse has been slow. There’s ar­eas were peo­ple don’t have wa­ter or food,” Luis An­gel Diaz, an of­fi­cer in the Puerto Rico Na­tional Guard, told The News.

Lack of ne­ces­si­ties also led to price goug­ing.

“We need money to buy sup­plies and wa­ter! Many stores are killing us with ex­tremely high prices,” Su­laima Cruz, a res­i­dent of Toda Alta, said in a Face­book post Fri­day.

Be­fore the hur­ri­cane, 24 bot­tles of wa­ter cost $2.99 to $3.99, she said. Since then, stores have been charg­ing $10 for them.

San Juan’s mayor was fu­ri­ous over the pace of aid and state­ments from fed­eral of­fi­cials.

“We have no time for pa­tience any­more,” Mayor Car­men Yulín Cruz told re­porters as she stood in front of cases of food locked in what she’s called a bu­reau­cratic bot­tle­neck.

“I am beg­ging, beg­ging any­one that can hear us to save us from dy­ing. If any­body out there is lis­ten­ing to us, we are dy­ing and you are killing us with the in­ef­fi­ciency,” she said.

At least one glim­mer of hope emerged in the cap­i­tal, how­ever, when elec­tric­ity was re­stored to the San Jorge Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal last Fri­day.

Ear­lier in the day, Yulín Cruz (inset) blasted Act­ing Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Elaine Duke for her Thurs­day com­ment that Puerto Rico was “re­ally a good­news story.” “Dam­mit, this is not a good news story,” Yulín Cruz told CNN. “This is a peo­ple-aredy­ing story. This is a life-or-death story.”At least 16 peo­ple have died in Puerto Rico as a re­sult of the Cat­e­gory 4 storm that screamed ashore Sept. 20. CELEBRI­TIES WANT you to laugh at their younger selves to help raise money for hur­ri­caner­av­aged Puerto Rico.

Stephen Colbert and ac­tor Nick Kroll launched the hash­tag #pu­berme on Colbert’s show this week to make the in­ter­net laugh for a good cause.

On Wed­nes­day evening’s episode of “The Late Show,” Kroll dared Colbert to share an awk­ward pic­ture of him­self with the “pu­ber me” and “Puerto Rico re­lief” hash­tags, say­ing he would do the same to be­gin rais­ing money for re­lief ef­forts.

The host lived up to his prom­ise and tweeted a pic­ture of him­self as a brace-faced teen “lookin’ cool as hell.” Kroll re­sponded with an equally adorable and em­bar­rass­ing throw­back of his own in an over­sized dou­ble-breasted suit.

The pair called on other fa­mous faces to do the same, and for ev­ery celebrity who does, Colbert said he will do­nate money to the is­land through his char­ity, the Amer­icone Dream Fund. Kroll said he would match it.

Fel­low evening talk show host Jimmy Kim­mel quickly replied with his own dorky pic­ture of him­self wear­ing short-shorts next to a car with a li­cense plate that reads “L8 Nite.”

And now, other celebs such as Jimmy Fal­lon, Judd Apa­tow, Kathy Grif­fin, Saman­tha Bee, Lena Dunham, Billy Eich­ner, Ku­mail Nan­jiani, Lena Headey and many more have tweeted their own awk­ward im­ages.

Peo­ple bathe un­der a tarp on a hill­side (be­low) and in a spring (inset, bot­tom). Hur­ri­cane sur­vivors re­ceive food and wa­ter from vol­un­teers in Toa Baja (inset, top).

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