Washington, Sep 22
Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico due to the severe flooding caused by hurricane Fiona which made landfall in the American territory earlier this week.
Under the declaration issued on Wednesday, the HHS haas deployed a 15-person health and medical task force from its National Disaster Medical System and a 10-person incident management team to Puerto Rico.
"The declaration follows President Biden Biden's disaster declaration and gives the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their health care providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs," the Department said in a statement.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Becerra said: "We will do all we can to assist officials with responding to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona and stand ready to provide additional public health and medical support."
"We are working closely with territory health authorities and our federal partners and stand ready to provide additional public health and medical support."
Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane, bringing heavy rain, catastrophic damage, and an island-wide blackout.
Localised flash and urban flooding due to swells continue to affect the island, which has over 3 million residents.
More than 1 million customers in Puerto Rico were still without power as of Wednesday evening, according to poweroutage.us.
Fiona, which has strengthened into a Category 4 storm, is approaching Bermuda, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
13 hours agoJapan experiences hottest September on record since 1898
14 hours ago5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal
14 hours agoFamily demands probe into UK Sikh separatist Avtar Khanda's death
14 hours agoA Cultural Landmark: Prime Ministers Modi and Sunak Extend Warm Wishes for the Inauguration of Akshardham, USA
15 hours agoThe Indo-American Press Club: Essay Competition Winners
17 hours agoJ&K LG flags off CRPF bike expedition from historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar
17 hours ago6.2 quake jolts Nepal, strong tremors felt in Delhi-NCR
17 hours agoMata Amritanandamayi's aura can only be felt, says PM Modi on her birthday
17 hours agoShruti Haasan rocks out to Bettye La Vette track ‘When a Woman’s Had Enough’ on social media
17 hours ago‘Tumse Na Ho Payega’ director Abhishek Sinha credits Nitesh Tiwari for shaping his aspirations
17 hours agoBoman Irani recollects losing 30 kgs for ‘Mahatma V/s Gandhi’
17 hours agoMimoh Chakraborty books five projects of varied genres
17 hours agoChina issues alert for typhoon Koinu