San Juan Port reopens, only to receive vessels with aid
SAN JUAN — The San Juan Port reopened Saturday morning and will operate during daylight. It will only receive vessels with aid and necessary supplies, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González told Caribbean Business.
A first shipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with generators, water and other resources, arrived in San Juan, she added.
On Saturday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló extended once again the curfew on residents of the island, this time for an indefinite period, following the passage of Hurricane María.
The governor announced the order through his Twitter account. Citizens must now remain in their homes from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every day until the commonwealth government announces that the emergency has ended. A dry law was also extended indefinitely.
On Friday, Gov. Rosselló and government officials are expected to continue to assess damages throughout the island. He also said that there are ships on their way to the island with supplies.
In the afternoon the governor and heads of agency are expected to brief on initial damages and update on the recovery efforts underway.
The curfew initially began on Wednesday and was slated to end Sunday. This is the third extension of the governor’s curfew order, which first required people to stay in their homes and shelters from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The dry law commenced 48 hours before Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico.
A total of 54 municipalities have been already declared as disaster zones by President Donald Trump, allowing their residents to immediately request aid from FEMA.
In addition to the damage caused to roads, houses, businesses and the power, water and telecommunications systems, severe flooding still threatens citizens. At least eight deaths have been confirmed by the commonwealth government as of this writing.
Caribbean Business reporter Cindy Burgos contributed to this story.