The island of Puerto Rico is reeling from Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power and telecommunications for nearly two months.
In the last week, the island has experienced a resurgence in calls for help from the public, a surge in the number of people in need and a record number of homicides.
In addition, the number and severity of the storms and hurricanes has brought widespread public attention and political pressure to the island.
The most recent episode of a major hurricane in Puerto Rico was Hurricane Maria in October.
The island’s president, Ricardo Rosselló, has promised to work with the United States to rebuild the island’s infrastructure.
But Maria has not yet touched the mainland, and a full recovery is not expected for several months.
A storm surge in Puerto Rican waters has submerged more than 2,000 homes, destroyed some homes and left others uninhabitable.
The United States, which has a large number of American citizens living in Puerto Ricans territory, has pledged to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Puerto Rico.
While the island needs more help, it needs help more quickly.
Maria has caused widespread devastation to Puerto Rican society and has left thousands without power and communications.
While Puerto Rico’s government has responded to the storm with emergency operations and relief efforts, there is still no immediate plan to rebuild Puerto Rico, which is home to about 1.4 million Puerto Ricos.
Maria also has forced the Puerto Rican government to scale back a program to train and equip more than 6,000 workers to respond to emergencies, including from natural disasters, hurricanes and other disasters.
The program, called the Emergency Response Network, or ERN, was established in the early 2000s to provide the island with disaster preparedness and response capabilities in case of a natural disaster.
In 2018, the ERN was expanded to include the National Guard and the military, including the Puerto Rico National Guard.
In July 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a $1.2 billion contract to provide flood-proofing, electrical, communications, emergency management and other services for the island, according to a federal filing.
The contract is worth $1 billion and will run through 2022.
While FEMA has been working with the Puerto Ricas emergency management agency, the Puerto General, to build an ERN to help rebuild Puerto Ricias infrastructure, the Army Corps has not done so.
In a statement on Monday, FEMA said that the contract was awarded in October 2017 and that it has not been completed.
The ERN’s contract is being reviewed and will be evaluated after that, FEMA added.
Puerto Rico has long struggled with its public health system and the economy.
The islands infrastructure has suffered from decades of economic mismanagement and corruption, and it has been unable to deliver the level of services the islands population and economy demand.
Maria is the most severe hurricane to hit the island since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which killed more than 230 people in the U to a much larger disaster.
Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and October, leaving residents without power for months and causing widespread destruction.
In January, a judge ordered that the island recover its infrastructure and rebuild by the end of 2018.
In its ruling, the judge called the island “the most severely affected, hardest hit, and most economically devastated U. S. territory.”
FEMA said the U-S Army Corps would be working with FEMA and other federal, state and local partners to determine the extent of the Puerto general’s plan.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Monday morning, Maria’s governor, Ricardo Rosello, said the island had begun to recover.
“I don’t know when the recovery will be complete,” he said.
“There are people who live in our territory and we need them to come out and help us rebuild.”