Failing dam adds to powerless Puerto Rico's storm crisis

Rapper Maria Isa speaks about the devastation in Puerto Rico

Santa Maria family worries about aunts, uncle and cousins in Puerto Rico

The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico stood at seven after a body found in a river was reported Saturday, and the toll was likely to rise.

"She said she's in survivor mode".

She urged donations, but said people should research where they are donating relief funds. "What am I doing here?"

"When I talked to her yesterday, she just sounded so bad, like not herself".

Federal officials said a dam upstream of the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela in northwest Puerto Rico was cracked but had not burst by Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday that the storm's winds had decreased to 115 miles per hour (185 kph).

Maria Isa a Minnesota born singer-songwriter and founding memeber of the Puerto Ricans in Minnesota committee has deep family roots in Puerto Rico.

Ramos knows her son is safe in San Juan.

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Maria, the second major hurricane to savage the Caribbean this month and the most powerful to strike Puerto Rico in almost a century, carved a path of destruction through the island after plowing ashore early on Wednesday. Ships and barges carrying meals, water, generators and other supplies were making their way to the islands, with more supplies being flown in.

Puerto Rican authorities have evacuated as many as 70,000 people who are downstream of a failing dam, displacing residents from the potential path of a massive flood should the dam collapse.

Government spokesman Carlos Bermudez said that officials had no communication with 40 of the 78 municipalities on the island more than two days after the Category 4 storm crossed the island, toppling power lines and cellphone towers and sending floodwaters cascading through city streets.

Across Puerto Rico, more than 15,000 people are in shelters, including some 2,000 rescued from the north coastal town of Toa Baja.

Congress, as part of an agreement to allow the island to restructure, imposed a fiscal control board that has demanded sharp cuts to pensions and other expenses and the furloughing of public workers.

An eight-member team from the Energy Department's Western Area Power Authority that was deployed to Puerto Rico ahead of the storm and assisted with initial damage assessments has been redeployed to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Officials say the humanitarian crisis is growing as towns are left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service.

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