Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Puerto Rico Remains in Dire Need the Trump Administration Must Step Up Its Relief and Reconstruction Efforts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Puerto Rico Remains in Dire Need the Trump Administration Must Step Up Its Relief and Reconstruction Efforts

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Two months after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a sense of desperation seems to be yielding to resignation at best. More than half of the island is still without power, and hundreds of thousands of residents are fleeing to the American mainland in an extraordinary exodus.

It has been weeks since President Donald Trump jovially tossed rolls of paper towels to needy fellow Americans and bragged about how successful the recovery effort was. But even the simplest symbols of government, like traffic lights, remain useless. Most of the Pentagon's emergency troops have begun pulling out.

The storm's official death count of about 55 on the island of 3.4 million may eventually be hundreds higher. Tens of thousands of jobs have been washed away. Thousands of small businesses remain closed, and even some hospitals remain on emergency generators. …

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