Fiona Batters Puerto Rico
Hurricane Fiona, a Category 1 storm, reached Puerto Rico at 3:20 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 18, bringing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm brought torrential rains causing catastrophic flooding, mudslides and widespread destruction. More than 400.000 people still have no power and authorities said today that the western part of the island is facing up to a few months without power. Most of the island is under a boil water advisory and many people still do not have access to clean water, a major health risk. Emergency shelters remain open and there are still some people sheltering there, but many more are in informal shelter situations with friends and family. Fiona struck Puerto Rico just two days before the date five years ago when Hurricane Maria devastated the island. The island still has not recovered from Maria with hundreds of homes still not repaired and the power grid in a fragile state.
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Americares is offering assistance to health facilities in Puerto Rico and we are prepared to deliver medicine, relief supplies and provide emergency funding to help repair damaged health centers. The Americares team based in San Juan is contacting partner health facilities to assess the most immediate health needs. There likely will be a need to replace medication and medical supplies damaged due to the flooding and power outages.
(Photo: Alejandro Granadillo)