The mayor of San Juan expressed shock Friday that the Trump administration believes Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria is “a good news story.”
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“When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story,” said Carmen Yulin Cruz in an interview with CNN. “Damnit, this is not a good news story. This is a people-are-dying story.”
Hope is reportedly running out for many on the storm-ravaged island, with 44 percent of the commonwealth’s 3.4 million residents without drinking water, many waiting for food to be delivered by relief workers as their rations dwindle, and 97 percent of the population living without electricity. According to some estimates, power may not be fully restored for up to six months.
Still, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Drew told reporters on Thursday that she’s “very satisfied” with the progress being made more than a week after Maria hit.
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