US Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll rises to 45

20:48  11 october  2017
20:48  11 october  2017 Source:   cnn.com

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Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said.

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said. At least 113 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz

MOROVIS, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 06: The remnants of a destroyed home stand more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 6, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. Less than 11 percent of Puerto Ricans have electricity currently and only 42 percent have working phones. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)© Mario Tama/Getty Images South America/Getty Images MOROVIS, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 06: The remnants of a destroyed home stand more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 6, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. Less than 11 percent of Puerto Ricans have electricity currently and only 42 percent have working phones. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities said.

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(CNN) -- Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said.

PUERTO RICO - Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said.

In addition, more than 110 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico's Department of Public Safety.

Residents, relief workers and local elected officials say the recovery has moved slowly since Maria struck the US territory on September 20, leaving most of the island without basic services such as power and running water.

As of Wednesday 89% of the island was without electricity and almost 47% had no phone service, according to a website set up by the Puerto Rican government. Some 43% of the island's 313 bank branches remained closed, it said.

At least five of those who are missing lived in the northern coastal town of Arecibo, where residents have been lining up for hours to buy ice and fuel.

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PUERTO RICO — Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said.

Almost three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico , the storm’ s official death toll has risen to 45 , Puerto Rico governor Richard Rosselló said on Tuesday. In a worrying sign of the dangers of contaminated floodwaters, the latest two reported deaths were caused by leptospirosis

Amost 90% of Puerto Rico is still without electricity.© Provided by CNN Amost 90% of Puerto Rico is still without electricity. Some arrive as early as 1 a.m. at ice plants that won't open for another six hours for a chance to buy a single bag of ice at a 20% markup, according to residents.

Kelly Lopez cried while saying she was denied an extra bag of ice for her sister, who is epileptic and bedridden.

"This is so hard on all Puerto Ricans," she said.

For weeks, island residents have been queuing up in seemingly interminable lines for their basic needs -- from food to cash.

Abisain Medina said he drove 30 minutes to Arecibo to stand in line at a bank for five hours before the bank's computer's crashed.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, citing an "unprecedented catastrophe," has lobbied Capitol Hill for a significant new influx of money soon as the island perches on the brink of "a massive liquidity crisis," according to a letter obtained by CNN.

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Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico , the majority of the island remains without power and the death count from the storm has risen to 45 , according to authorities. Residents and local elected officials say they expect the death toll to rise .

(CNN) -- Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico , the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45 , authorities said.

In a three-page letter sent to congressional leaders, Rosselló is requesting more than $4 billion from various agencies and loan programs to "meet the immediate emergency needs of Puerto Rico."

The Trump administration submitted a $29 billion disaster-relief request to Congress last week to fund recovery efforts in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma and to pay federal flood insurance claims. The House is expected to vote on that measure as soon as this week.

Rosselló also pointed to a potential exodus of the island's inhabitants should aid not be available in a timely manner -- something he has also emphasized in conversations with lawmakers.

Over 400,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to the mainland United States since 2004, according to the Pew Research Center. Puerto Rico now has 3.4 million residents.

Many left because Puerto Rico suffers from high unemployment, rising taxes and few job opportunities outside of tourism.

CNN's Nick Valencia and Phil Mattingly contributed to this report.

Mexico Plans To Send Aid to Puerto Rico .
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