Almost 50 Dead In Puerto Rico; Power Out To Wide Area

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Eric Velez, who helped organize the drives, said he hopes that the events send out a message for everyone to unite and help victims in Puerto Rico. "I understand that people are really struggling, and I know that we will need to use all of our substantive problem-solving skills to meet the challenges that most certainly lay ahead".

"This is an aggressive agenda, but we can not be sort of passive in the face of Puerto Rico's challenges", said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, according to CNN. Almost 85-percent of the island lacks electricity. Half of the territory's power will be back by November 15, according to Rosselló.

Rosselló said the goals were established "so that our people can have clear and established metrics", reported NBC News. 20, leaving 90 percent of the island without electricity and 40 percent without running water.

Newly sworn-in EPA Regional Administrator Peter Lopez is traveling to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands beginning on Monday to meet with government officials and survey some of EPA's on-the-ground efforts in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the EPA made known via release Sunday.

The governor's announcement was an improvement over previous estimates that it would take until March to restore power to Puerto Rico's 3.5million people.

On Thursday, the House approved a $36.5 billion aid package for states and USA territories affected by hurricanes this year, as well as California, which has scarred by wildfires.

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