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Published: 10 months ago
First came Hurricane Harvey. Then the one-two punch of Irma and Maria. The United States and Caribbean nations have been hard hit this hurricane season. And though the storms have subsided, for now, their impact will be felt for some time.
Lives have been lost, homes and schools destroyed, roads washed away. For the survivors, the brutal work of drying out and rebuilding will continue for months and years to come. In the U.S. places like Houston, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are facing tremendous challenges. But of all the affected areas in the U.S., arguably no place has been as devastated as Puerto Rico.
As the Miami Herald reported today:
On Wednesday, the Puerto Rico government, still held that the official number of deaths as a result of the catastrophe was 16. But the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, for its initials in Spanish) has confirmed that there are dozens of hurricane-related deaths and the number could rise to the hundreds in the final count.
The storm-related fatalities are mounting with each passing day, and official numbers are not counting patients who are not receiving dialysis, oxygen and other essential services.
Puerto Rico’s residents have been without power for a week, coping with tropical heat, wading through water, living in homes torn apart or flattened by the storm. With supplies of water, food, and medicine dwindling, Puerto Ricans have been facing a dire situation. Today’s news that the U.S. government is going to temporarily relax restrictions on shipping means that much-needed aid will be allowed to reach the island.
Heartening during this crisis have been stories of individuals stepping up to help their fellow Americans. Whether on the ground in P.R. or rallying support and supplies on the mainland, people have been donating money, time, and talent to help the people of Puerto Rico.
As we remember Hurricane Maria’s victims, we also pay tribute to all who are working to ensure that no one else has to die.
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