Desperate callers are flooding the phone lines at the Government of Puerto Rico's Federal Affairs Administration office in Washington.

Most are worried citizens trying to make contact with relatives in vast areas of the island where communications and electricity are down.

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The Washington office has become a clearing house for government information as much of the territory and local government on the island are dealing with the immediate crisis cause by Hurricane Maria.

PRFAA staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain incommunicado or missing as the island begins to recover.

Meanwhile the D.C. office is working to coordinate relief efforts from the mainland to the island. As of Wednesday afternoon, a web portal and phone number were in the works.