Disaster updates: California and Puerto Rico
Top: Two policemen watch over the remains of a mobile home park in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg / AP). Bottom: Efrain Diaz Figueroa sits next to the remains of his sister's house in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa / AP).
While Puerto Rico struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria that made landfall over three weeks ago, California has battled disastrous wildfires this week that have killed at least 38 people.
- Several thousand residents were told to evacuate Saturday according to CNN.
- 297 people are were unaccounted for in Sonoma and Napa counties, as of Friday night, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Increased winds are expected this weekend, per the U.S. Forest Service.
- Around 90,000 people are displaced due to the fires, per the Washington Post.
- As of Friday afternoon, around 5,700 structures were destroyed, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
- Over 10,000 firefighters are battling the fires, Reuters reports, including California inmates that volunteered.
Puerto Rico recovery
- BuzzFeed reports that Puerto Ricans are "being given drinking water from Superfund sites," which could be contaminated with hazardous chemical waste.
- 34% of Puerto Rico is without access to fresh drinking water, per BuzzFeed.
- 5,602 people still remain in shelters on the island.
- There are more than 20,000 military service members and civilian personnel assisting in recovery efforts, per FEMA.
- Go deeper into Puerto Rico's numbers with Axios' Alayna Treene.