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Dam on the verge of collapse in hurricane hit Puerto Rico

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 01:20

Authorities in Puerto Rico are evacuating tens of thousands of people before the expected collapse of a dam hit by Hurricane Maria, which has devastated the Caribbean Island chain. Havovi Cooper reports

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Emergency officials in Puerto Rico racing on Saturday to evacuate tens of thousands of people from a valley below a dam which is on the verge of collapse in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's governor saying the rains sparked by Maria cracked the dam and could cause fatal flooding very soon. Some 70,000 people live in a cluster of communities downstream from the dam on the rain-swollen Guajataca River-- and are now being ferried to higher ground in buses.. This potential calamity comes as the entire island remains without power-- Tensions are running high with people queing up for hours to acquire fuel for generators. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MAN WAITING TO FILL UP HIS CAR, ANTON NELSON SOTO, SAYING: "Those of us that are here since 9am may be left without gasoline. It is a completely chaotic situation that I have never seen in Puerto Rico. Telephone service also remains unreliable-- with people swarming next to mobile phone towers to make calls… Others are just looking for the basics to get by-- like drinking water With nearly 15,000 people in shelters --the storm is expected to cost the tourist heavy Puerto Rico $30 billion in damage and lost economic activity

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Dam on the verge of collapse in hurricane hit Puerto Rico

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 01:20