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Hurricane Fiona left more than half a million people in Puerto Rico in darkness and without water

Hurricane Fiona left more than half a million people in Puerto Rico without water REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

more than half a million people in Puerto Rico There was no running water even on Wednesday, three days after the storm fionaDue to which many people have to stand in line for hours to get water to collect water from the runoff from the mountains by tanker trucks and others to fill the jerrycans.

People standing in a long queue of cars in the hilly city got sweat from their faces. CaguasIn the north of the island, where the government brought a water truck, one of 18 so-called “dews” installed throughout the island.

The blow is troubling for many An island that has once again run out of basic services After a storm has passed.

People Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo .  Tried To Store Water Through

People REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo . tried to store water through

“We thought we had a bad experience with Maria, but it was definitely worse,” said Gerardo Rodriguez in the coastal town of Salinas in the south of the island, referring to the 2017 hurricane that caused nearly 3,000 deaths. And Island power lines wiped out,

Fiona rained about 60 cm (2 ft) in parts of Puerto Rico before bashing the eastern Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

At Category 4 hurricane strength, the storm is moving toward the outskirts of Bermuda and Far Eastern can reach Canada late Friday night, according to United States National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Most Of The Island Was Also Left Without Electric Service Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo

Most of the island was also left without electric service REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

The hurricane wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico’s power grid, which was repaired but not completely rebuilt due to Maria A blackout that lasted 11 months in some places.

As of Wednesday afternoon, about 70% of Puerto Rican customers had a power outage, according to government data.

In Caguas, the air conditioning in Emayra Veguilla’s car was not working, so the 34-year-old bus driver installed a small fan in the passenger seat. Earlier that day, he played the song “Hijos del Canaveral”, written by Puerto Rican hip-hop star René Pérez, as a song for the bravery of Puerto Rico and its people.

Fiona Caused Serious Damage To The Entire Island Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo

Fiona caused serious damage to the entire island REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

“I needed a shot of patriotism,” he said. “I needed to gain the strength to face it again.”

Veguilla waited in line on Tuesday, All that can be said is that the water has run out And the second truck will not be available till the next day.

Some people gave up in front of Véguila and left, waiting for the people in tension.

“go ahead!” A driver shouted, scared that people would try to bite.

The United States Government Issued A Major Disaster Declaration To Activate Economic Aid To The Islandreuters/Ricardo Arduengo

The United States government issued a major disaster declaration to activate economic aid to the islandREUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Some of those who saw the line opted to go to a nearby road, where water flowed from the side of the mountain through bamboo pipes.

According to the NHC, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) on Wednesday. It was located 550 miles (885 km) southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/h).

(with info from Associated Press)

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