Puerto Rico declares state of emergency amid heavy rains

Officials say the heavy rains that began on Sunday have unleashed widespread flooding, caused several small landslides and damaged infrastructure.

By: AP | San Juan | Published:November 23, 2016 8:08 am

The US territory of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard due to heavy rains that have caused $13 million in crop losses.

Interim Gov. Victor Suarez said Tuesday that coffee, rice, fruits and vegetables are among the devastated crops.

Officials say the heavy rains that began on Sunday have unleashed widespread flooding, caused several small landslides and damaged infrastructure. Some 14 inches (36 centimeters) of rain have fallen this month, nearly 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) above average.