New York sending aid to Puerto Rico

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 12:54 AM EST
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 115 National Guardsmen and women will go to Puerto Rico to help out as the island recovers from earthquakes.

The ground in southwest Puerto Rico has been shaking since Dec. 28 with hundreds of small earthquakes. Recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

The director of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority has ordered the temporary closure of the company's largest plant, which crews had been inspecting for damage caused by earlier quakes.

Cuomo and a delegation departed for Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess the damage and hand out aid, like blankets and water.

The Guard will bring specialized air-conditioned tents, laundry machines and generators.

According to Cuomo's office, 15 airmen will remain on the island for up to 90 days to run facilities.

Cuomo said New York has also been sending state power authority officials to assist in recovery efforts.

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