Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Officials are calling the devastation in Puerto Rico a humanitarian disaster.
Six days after Hurricane Maria hit, millions are struggling for basic necessities like adequate food, water, fuel and electricity. Eighty percent of the island's transmission lines are down, and power may not be restored for more than a month.
In a series of tweets Monday night, President Trump said the U.S. territory's old electrical grid was "devastated."
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
FEMA has sent out over 10,000 federal forces to work around the clock, reports CBS News' David Begnaud.
Supplies are coming in slowly from the U.S. mainland to help millions still struggling across the island.
FEMA administrator Brock Long said at a press conference, "We've got a lot work to do. It's the worst hurricane Puerto Rico has seen."