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Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

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US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they ‘can be very proud’ of their response

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 4, 2017) — US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico Tuesday, October 3, and told them to be “proud” the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration’s response to the disaster. Continue reading Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

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GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 2, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday, October 1, strenuously defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over “things that are not going well.” Continue reading Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

5 days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

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RUBBLE. Rescuers search for survivors amid the debris and rubble from a flattened building in Mexico City on September 23, 2017, 4 days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Authorities are still listening to anguished families who insist that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of sites

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 25, 2017) — Hopes of finding more survivors after Mexico City’s devastating quake dwindled to virtually nothing on Sunday, September 24, 5 days after the 7.1 tremor rocked the heart of the mega-city, toppling dozens of buildings and killing more than 300 people. Continue reading 5 days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

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HELPING HAND. Volunteers clean the debris from damaged houses in Jojutla de Juarez on September 20, 2017 a day after a strong quake hit central Mexico. Enrique Castro Sanchez/AFP

Businessmen in ties, students in jeans, doctors in scrubs and other ordinary people from all walks of life have joined professional rescue teams in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Climbing onto a pile of rubble that used to be a building may not seem the most obvious thing to do for someone who has just survived an earthquake. Continue reading Volunteers rush to rescue in aftermath of Mexico earthquake

Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

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FLATTENED. Mexican rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City on September 20, 2017. Mario Vasquez/AFP

Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew works through the night in their desperate search for survivors in a collapsed elementary school

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her 7-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of a Mexico City elementary and middle school. Continue reading Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Nearly 140 dead as powerful earthquake rocks Mexico

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RUBBLE. Rescuers work on the rubble from a building knocked down by a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

The disaster occurs exactly 32 years after a 1985 quake in Mexico City that killed 10,000 people

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 20, 2017) — Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. Continue reading Nearly 140 dead as powerful earthquake rocks Mexico

Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

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Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 6, 2017) — Irma picked up strength and has become an “extremely dangerous” Category Five hurricane as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, September 5, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center reported. Continue reading Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

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DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine, where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

NEW ORLEANS, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — New Orleans on Tuesday, August 29, marked 12 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast, as the low-lying city braced for a potentially devastating new impact by Harvey later this week. Continue reading On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey