Slow Relief for Puerto Rico

Aid and relief on the way to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico can't get there fast enough.


More than three million people in Puerto Rico are still without basic necessities, like food and water following Hurricane Maria. Relief efforts have been sluggish at best. The assistance that has reached the island has mostly focused on San Juan. People outside the capital say they’ve received little to no help. With the island’s electric grid in shambles, the big commodity is fuel. It’s needed to fuel automobiles and to power generators, to light homes and businesses. Some Puerto Rican sea ports have reopened, aid vessels are able to reach the island, but the ravaged infrastructure is hampering distribution. President Trump says supplies are getting to Puerto Rico, which he’ll be visiting next week.