Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
Monday, 16 October 2017 CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells. Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight. "I think this will be the most challenging environmental response after a hurricane that our country has ever seen," said Judith Enck, who served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes Puerto Rico under President Barack Obama.
Thousands have fled Puerto Rico in the three weeks since Hurricane Maria hit. However for the millions remaining, the struggle for life's basic necessities seems to be never-ending. Many are traveling hours in search of food and bottled water, only to find empty shelves at most grocery stores. Fuel...
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