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MIAMI LAKES, Fla. – The Ana G. Mendez University Campus in Miami Lakes has become a hub for volunteers from several agencies that are banding together for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

On Sunday afternoon there were piles of  bottled water, diapers, canned foods and other supplies to be sent to the U.S. territory. 

“Everybody in South Florida has helped us,” Natascha Otero Santiago, an organizer for the donations, said. “Since Friday we have been receiving donations and we have possibly 20 to 25 tons (of supplies).”

Hurricane Maria devastated the island by knocking out power and impacting the water supply.

At least 10 people have died in the storm’s aftermath and authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the U.S. territory off the grid.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello met with more than 50 mayors and representatives from across Puerto Rico on Saturday. Some described the conditions in their communities as “apocalyptic” and said there have been incidents of looting in both homes and stores.

“We know a little more today than we did yesterday,” Rossello said. “This is going to be a long road.”

On the northwest part of the island, authorities had to physically go to thousands of residents to warn them of a potential dam collapse near the Guajataca River.

Volunteers are hoping to help those on the island get back on their feet.


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