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A U.S. government satellite image has shown the extent of the power outages in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which has left millions struggling to meet basic needs.

Outside of the island's capital of San Juan, many have been left without power; according to the BBC, it could take more than a month for power to return. Locals are also struggling to meet needs for medicine, food and drinkable water.

Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello emphasized that Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and added the U.S. government needs to "take swift action" to assist them.

"We need something tangible, a bill that actually answers our need right now," Rossello said, according to CNN. "Otherwise," he warned, "there will be ... a massive exodus to the [mainland] United States."

The Guajataca Dam in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico has been releasing water after serious damage from the hurricane. Residents who lived near the dam were ordered to evacuate, but because cell towers were out of service in the area, authorities had to go to door-to-door in person to warn residents of the imminent danger.

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"Some of the dam has fallen apart," said the governor. "Now we are making sure that we can assess if the other part will fall down as well. It represents a great danger for about an estimated 70,000 people."

At least 10 people have been confirmed to have been killed by Maria.

"We have centers that will distribute water and food, we've already started getting shipments," said Rossello, who added that the island would have enough fuel to last 20 days. "Today, as a matter of fact, we had a million liters of water come in to Puerto Rico. We have half a million servings of food and other resources."

According to a White House official, President Donald Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico, but no date has been set because of the level of damage.

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"The Trump administration must act immediately to make available additional Department of Defense resources for search-and-rescue operations, law enforcement and transportation needs," said the House Minority Leader, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California. "Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands deserve to know that their government will be there for them, without question or hesitation."

Trump himself also commented on the situation on Twitter.

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble," tweeted the president. "Its old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated."

He also remarked on Puerto Rico's financial situation: "Much of the island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well. #FEMA."

Rossello said he would be focusing on getting supplies to residents and pointed out the urgent nature of Puerto Rico's current situation.

"Two Category 5 hurricanes passing through an island is unprecedented and therefore the response needs to be unprecedented," the governor said.

Sources: BBC, CNN, CBS, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3) / Featured Image: Alex Barth/Flickr / Embedded Images: NOAASatellites/Twitter via BBC, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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