■ Puerto Rico’s power grid went dark during the hottest season of the year and might stay down for weeks or months.
■ Of the Commonwealth’s 69 hospitals, only 11 have power and fuel.
■ Early Thursday, six tankers holding almost 76,000 gallons of fuel such as gasoline and diesel were anchored in the waters outside the island.
Failing to get aid to those who need it is creating a humanitarian crisis
Thousands of cargo containers bearing millions of emergency meals and other relief supplies have been piling up on San Juan’s docks since Saturday — and might not reach storm survivors for days. The total collapse of infrastructure like the power grid, roads, and communications has broken down the supply chain.
■ US firms have moved 9,500 20-foot containers full of necessities like food, water, and soap to Puerto Rico.
■ Many trucks ready to be loaded with the goods and precious diesel for backup generators don’t have drivers because they are caring for families, cleaning up flood damage, and contending with a curfew.
■ Many of the buildings that would receive supplies are destroyed and lack electricity.
■ Though 11 aid-distribution centers are open, the challenge is to move relief aid from the docks to the centers.
■ 170 shelters for victims have been opened.
■ The US government has shipped 4 million meals and 1.59 million gallons of water. Two million more gallons are expected to arrive in the coming days.
Federal aid is beginning to flow
The Trump administration is rushing military hardware and personnel into Puerto Rico (and the Virgin Islands) as it becomes increasingly clear that the US government response to Hurricane Maria so far has been inadequate and overmatched by the scale of the disaster.
■ Marines and Seabee engineers are assessing damage and clearing roads.
■ The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship that has responded to other natural disasters, has been deployed.
■ 1,460 members of the National Guard have been mobilized.
■ The governors of New York and New Jersey are sending emergency teams.
■ There are now 10,000 federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico, and more than 120 satellite phones arrived there Tuesday to help responders communicate with one another.
Planned visit from President Trump
President Trump’s late reaction to the disaster, the delayed federal response to provide relief to the US territory, and Trump’s planned visit 12 days after the island was ravaged by Maria have caused major frustration among Puerto Ricans in the United States and on the island.
SOURCES: Associated Press; Bloomberg News; American Maritime Partnership; Federal Communication Commission, Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Maria, Sept. 27