Puerto Rico

Hurricane Dorian barrels towards Florida, emergency declared

Dorian was bearing down on Puerto Rico from the southeast and was expected to become a hurricane soon as it barrels towards Florida, which it could hit as a major hurricane.


Aug 29, 2019, 09:43 AM IST

Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria raised to nearly 3,000 from 64: Study

The official death toll on Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to strike the Caribbean island in almost a century, was raised on Tuesday from just 64 to nearly 3,000, based on a study ordered by the governor of the US territory.

Aug 29, 2018, 05:48 AM IST

US to meet 90% of Puerto Rico's reconstruction cost

US President Donald Trump has authorised an increase in the disaster assistance to Puerto Rico, taking up 90 per cent of the cost of rebuilding public infrastructure, including restoring the power grid destroyed by hurricane Maria in September.

Nov 03, 2017, 15:56 PM IST

US warns Puerto Rico against tapping water at toxic waste sites

The U.S. environmental regulator warned residents of Puerto Rico on Wednesday not to break into wells at industrial waste sites as parts of the island still struggle with drinking water shortages three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.

Oct 12, 2017, 10:16 AM IST

Trump meets victims, responders in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday on a mission to reassure the island`s struggling residents that he is committed to their recovery from a devastating hurricane that has tested his ability to manage natural disasters.

Oct 03, 2017, 23:33 PM IST

Hurricane Maria: US President Donald Trump to survey hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico

Donald Trump will survey hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico Tuesday, hoping to underscore government recovery efforts and repair damage done by his contentious early response to the crisis.

Oct 03, 2017, 10:57 AM IST

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well."

Oct 02, 2017, 06:32 AM IST

Donald Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Trump`s criticism of Cruz and of Puerto Ricans` efforts drew sharp retorts from mainland politicians, even from within his own Republican Party.

Oct 01, 2017, 23:05 PM IST

Donald Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions

On Wednesday, the US military swung into action, stepping up an air bridge to the island and assigning a brigadier general to coordinate the relief effort.


Sep 28, 2017, 22:29 PM IST

97% Puerto Ricans still without electricity, claims Governor Ricardo Rossello

About 97 percent of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents were still without electricity, one week after Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory.

Sep 28, 2017, 11:47 AM IST

Tropical Storm Pilar skirts Mexico coast with rain and wind

Pilar had maximum sustained winds of 65 kph last night and its centre was about 155 kilometres south of Mazatlan.

Sep 25, 2017, 11:18 AM IST

Battered Puerto Rico hospitals on life support after Hurricane Maria

With phone service out, the doctors had called one of the island`s radio stations, which broadcast their plea for help in locating the couple.

Sep 25, 2017, 10:23 AM IST

New York Gov Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

Lopez, co-chair of the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort, urged people to support Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico with donations and contributions.

Sep 25, 2017, 05:58 AM IST

Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico's misery after hurricane

"We saw directly the damage to the Guajataca dam," Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a Spanish-language Twitter message on Saturday while reinforcing his request that people leave the area as soon as possible.

Sep 24, 2017, 15:57 PM IST

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

"All Areas surrounding the Guajataca River should evacuate NOW. Their lives are in DANGER!," the service said in a tweet. Flooding has already begun downstream, it said.

Sep 23, 2017, 22:49 PM IST

At least 25 dead after Hurricane Maria hits Caribbean

"There`s no water, no power, nothing," said Rogelio Jimenez, a 34-year-old restaurant worker, as he cleared fallen roofing from the front of his pizzeria.

Sep 22, 2017, 21:10 PM IST

Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

The storm hit at a time of financial troubles in Puerto Rico, which is facing the largest municipal debt crisis in US history.


Sep 22, 2017, 00:00 AM IST

Puerto Rico 'obliterated' by Hurricane Maria: Donald Trump

The United States territory of Puerto Rico has been "absolutely obliterated" by Hurricane Irma and its electricity network has been destroyed, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. 

Sep 21, 2017, 22:14 PM IST

Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after direct hit on Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.

Sep 21, 2017, 17:29 PM IST

Eye of Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico: Forecasters

The eye of Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday, pummeling the island as a Category Four storm with winds of 155 miles per hour, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Sep 20, 2017, 18:37 PM IST