Latest Typhoon Maria News

House Dems renew probe on hurricane response in Puerto Rico

May. 6, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked for documents from the Trump administration on the "abominable" U.S. response to deadly 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who chairs the oversight panel, said the White...

More than 1 million children affected by Mozambique cyclones

May. 3, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PEMBA, Mozambique (AP) — Isabella Mussa has not set foot in a classroom or read a book for the past week. For the 13-year-old, displaced by a deadly cyclone in northern Mozambique, it feels like a lifetime. Yet she is called one of the lucky ones. More than 1 million children have been affected by a pair...

Mozambique church a refuge for Muslim cyclone survivors

May. 1, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

PEMBA, Mozambique (AP) — Next to a marble pulpit inside a Catholic church, a young Muslim girl chases around with other children. The church has become a home for her and nearly 1,000 others from different faiths as they wait out the aftermath of Mozambique's latest devastating cyclone. Situated in the...

Puerto Rico gov slams Trump, seeks swifter storm recovery

Apr. 24, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor pledged on Wednesday to lift the U.S. territory from a deep recession by creating more jobs, reversing a migration exodus and implementing a range of incentives as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. During a nearly two-hour state of the...

Puerto Rico to demolish 16K structures damaged by Maria

Apr. 23, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government says it plans to demolish 16,000 structures that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago. Officials said Tuesday that they expect to obtain a total of $400 million in federal funds for the project, pending approval by federal...

New data shows 4% drop in Puerto Rico population since Maria

Apr. 18, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Census Bureau data shows Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria — the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island, according to one demographer. Data released Thursday shows the U.S. territory's population dropped by...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misstates hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

Apr. 2, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting reality when it comes to disaster aid for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico. In a flurry of angry tweets Tuesday, he argues the U.S. territory has gotten more than its fair share of money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September...

Puerto Rico is rebounding after Hurricane Maria

Apr. 2, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria. A record 1.7 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit this fiscal year, new hotels have opened,...

Puerto Ricans struggle to buy food amid funding shortfall

Mar. 29, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle despite...

Trump says he's taken better care of Puerto Rico than anyone

Mar. 28, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his support of Puerto Rico in its rebuilding from hurricanes, but he doesn't think officials in the U.S. territory are spending federal assistance wisely. "Puerto Rico has been taken better care of by Donald Trump than by any living human...