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Mon Oct 2, 2017, 04:08 PM

Puerto Rico gets more fuel while 95 percent lack power

Source: Reuters

#U.S. OCTOBER 2, 2017 / 10:21 AM / UPDATED 7 MINUTES AGO

Puerto Rico gets more fuel while 95 percent lack power

Robin Respaut, Gabriel Stargardter

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Ricoís governor reported progress in getting fuel supplies to the islandís 3.4 million inhabitants on Monday as they faced a 13th day largely without power after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has faced criticism for his administrationís response to the disaster, will make his first post-hurricane visit to the island on Tuesday as food and drinking water remain in short supply.

His administration is preparing to ask Congress for $13 billion in aid for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by natural disasters, congressional sources said, while the U.S. territory worried about running out of cash. The islandís recovery will likely cost more than $30 billion.

Nearly two weeks after the fiercest hurricane to hit the island in 90 years, everyday life was still severely curtailed by the destruction. The ramping up of fuel supplies should allow more Puerto Ricans to operate generators and travel more freely.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico/puerto-rico-gets-more-fuel-while-95-percent-lack-power-idUSKCN1C71S9

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