Communication is down all over the island of 3.4 million people, where the once-lush hillsides have been transformed into apocalyptic wastelands. TV news crews capture crumbled roads strewn with downed power lines and people waiting for hours for a few gallons of gas. Drinking water is reportedly at critically low levels and almost nonexistent for washing. Hospitals, if they are still standing, are operating on backup generators.
Mayors are pleading for help, reporting "hysteria," "horror in the streets," and "near-death conditions."