~~June 15, 2019~~
PUERTO RICO AND HURRICANE MARIA AID
I wasn’t in Puerto Rico for this catastrophic event. I was aware of what could happen because I’ve been through hurricanes while I lived there. None, however were as monstrous as Hurricane María.
I sat at home and waited for news and communication from my friends and family.
Then … the response of the ‘master‘ of Puerto Rico, the mighty, imperialistic U.S. of A. flabbergasted me!
But, what can anyone expect from the ‘Squatter in the Oval‘?
… and the Puerto Ricans are still waiting!
This video speaks for itself.
Hurricane María was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in September 20, 2017.
It is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to affect those islands and is also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Jeanne in 2004.
Maria then directly hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 with 155-mph winds, making it the third-strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. It was even stronger than Hurricane Irma when it roared into the Florida Keys Sept. 10.
After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill on Monday. The bill, which Drumpf has said he will sign, will provide billions in aid to flood-ravaged Texas, wildfire areas in California, and hard-hit Puerto Rico. But the $1.5 billion that the bill allots to the island’s recovery is just a fraction of the money the government has already promised – but failed to deliver.
“I think that the fact that we are not a state has essentially given the platform for the Administration to give a different and unfair treatment to Puerto Rico,” Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, told VICE News.
Without proper funds, Puerto Rico has been slapping Band-aids on things, building only temporary infrastructure – and leaving tens of thousands living in shaky, damaged homes.
“Across all Puerto Rico, the only fixes, the only work that is being done, is emergency work,” said Marrero.
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~~Published on Jun 6, 2019~~
María Cruz-Vega can sometimes hear the foundation creaking when she’s in bed at night. There are holes in her floor – and her walls – and she prays the blue-tarp roof that covers her home won’t collapse on her and her family.
Nearly 30,000 households in Puerto Rico are still living like this, literally without a real roof over their heads, almost two years after Hurricane María pummeled the island.
So far, Cruz-Vega has only received about $3,000 from FEMA. She may be able to get more aid soon.
VICE News traveled to Puerto Rico to see what recovery looks like almost two years after Hurricane María, just as a new hurricane season is getting started.
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