US Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll rises to 45

20:48  11 october  2017
20:48  11 october  2017 Source:   CNN

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SAN JUAN, 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.

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ) — The official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has increased to 34 from 16, the U. S . territory' s According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are now more than 10,000 federal officials on the ground on the island, and 45 percent

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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.

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Authorities say the actual number of deaths may far exceed what is being reported. After nearly a week of not increasing, Puerto Rico ' s official death toll from Hurricane Maria rose to 34 Tuesday, according to the island's governor.

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 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 -- The death toll in Puerto Rico has risen to 45 in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the island' s governor told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud on Tuesday. Gov.

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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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PUERTO RICO — The death toll in Puerto Rico has risen to 45 in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the island’ s governor told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud on Tuesday.

The death toll from Hurricane Maria jumped to at least 13 in Puerto Rico , where almost 700 people were rescued from rising floodwaters, officials said Friday.

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.

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