Puerto Rico dam on brink of collapse

By Monday afternoon, the confirmed toll from Maria's rampage across the Caribbean had jumped to at least 49 deaths, including 16 dead in Puerto Rico and 27 on the hard-hit island of Dominica.

Ricardo Rossello said 70,000 people could be in danger on the US territory if the dam failed.

Puerto Rico's humanitarian crisis continued to grow over the weekend, as officials described "apocalyptic" conditions across the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

For context, Hurricane Harvey-whose devastation, while significant, was nowhere near as horrific as what has happened in Puerto Rico-made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm on Friday, August 25. Supplies and aid are headed to the island from the US mainland Monday, but without power and the ability to communicate (CNN reports that 95 percent of wireless sites are out of service), ensuring that aid reaches the most vulnerable Puerto Ricans will prove hard.

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Across Puerto Rico, more than 15,000 people are in shelters, including some 2,000 rescued from the north coastal town of Toa Baja. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Roselló, told the cable news outlet that because the dam is composed of concrete and soil, erosion could cause the dam to break. She said and others in the NY delegation will be advocating for federal funding to swiftly fix and rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid, help small businesses recover and address other problems.

The statewide collection of supplies and money will go to help the USA territory that was seriously damaged by Hurricane Maria.

Many structures on the island, including hospitals, remained badly damaged and flooded, with clean drinking water hard to find in some areas.

The U.S.is rallying relief efforts as Puerto Rico deals with a series of problems following Hurricane Maria.

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"Part of the island is lacking communications so what we have are some preliminary assessments about 13 deaths at this juncture", he told CNN. An estimated total of $780 million in farm yields was lost to Maria, on top of $45 million lost to Hurricane Irma earlier this month, the Agriculture Department said. "I can't deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago". This is causing unrest among families and loved ones in Puerto Rico and overseas.

"We are going to announce today and put in place today a statewide collection and financial contribution effort", Cuomo opened.

Andrew Cuomo on Sunday launched a state effort to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

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