Desperation grows in Puerto Rico after Maria

The hurricane wiped out the island's power grid and has left some residents desperate for basic supplies like water.
2:59 | 09/22/17

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The devastation from hurricane MARIA spreading across the caribbean. Scenes like this show the unbelievable destruction and Dominica, the prime minister there says at least 15 people were killed and rob is still on the ground for us in Puerto Rico getting a firsthand look at the damage right where the storm made landfall and, rob, it's a desperate situation this morning, isn't it? Good morning, robin. There are so many people without food or water or enough supplies and there's so much destruction here that it's difficult to get the help to the people that need it. We managed to get to the point of landfall yesterday on the southeast coast of the island and what we found was a town where people are just trying to survive and they are scared for what might happen if help doesn't come soon. This morning, harrowing accounts of survival are emerging after hurricane MARIA's devastating blow do Puerto Rico. 155-mile-per-hour winds and 30 inches of rain wiping out the island a power grid leaving 3.5 million people in darkness. Now that we're south of town we're seeing damage that actually looks almost like a tornado came through. Clearly this is the path of the eye when it came through. We drive to yabucoa in the southeastern part of the island where MARIA made landfall. Millions of trees destroyed. It's just incredible. Just when you think you've reached the end of the eye's path for entire valley of stripped tree. We meet MARIA Ortiz waiting in line for clean water who is running a nursing home nearby and is in dire need of help. I want the world to know there are a lot of old people in Puerto Rico that need help. It's no -- we can't let them die. We can't let them die. No, we need generators and we need light and water. Reporter: She takes us there showing the devastation. Her 11 patients are frail, hot and dehydrated. This generator powers electricity in the home right now but she's worried about what will happen when it runs out of fuel. When that generator runs out -- What's we going to do? Reporter: As MARIA cares for the most vulnerable victims of this hurricane we remember what happened to the most vulnerable at that nursing home in Florida after hurricane Irma. MARIA accepts her daughter to Florida a message I love. I love you. I'm here. We're alive. I love you. Reporter: And we know many of our viewers have loved ones down here they're worried about and can't contact them. Just know that the phones are terrible. Just because you can't reach a loved one here doesn't mean something horrible has happened. Just be patient with that. As for MARIA's situation we contacted the governor's office to tell them the details of what she needs and they are promising to send help. We will follow up with her later on today. So glad you're there, rob and that he got in touch with authorities. We'll stay on it. There's also a search for survivors in Mexico after that

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