July 12, 2020
California disaster teams in earthquake-stricken Puerto Rico
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is responding to Puerto Rico’s plea for help amid an ongoing series of earthquake aftershocks.

A magnitude 5.9 quake on Saturday inflicted further damage along the island’s southern coast where previous quakes have toppled homes and schools.

Thirty-one disaster specialists left Sacramento Sunday to assist the island to rebuild and recover.

The quakes have severely damaged infrastructure along Puerto Rico’s southwest coast and left more than 2,000 people in shelters. Nearly one million people remain without power and hundreds of thousands without water.

The team of disaster specialists consists of experts in incident and emergency management, engineering and safety assessment, planning, public information, debris management and crisis counseling.

They will be deployed for 16 days.

Earlier, Governor Newsom approved the deployment of four California Urban Search & Rescue team members from the Sacramento City Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority.
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