Jennifer Lopez Pledges $1 Million In Aid To Puerto Rico

Laura Christensen
September 26, 2017

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory, meaning its inhabitants have qualified USA citizenship, and it is entitled to federal emergency funds.

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Donald Trump has been criticised for his silence after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, whose 3.4 million inhabitants are USA citizens. The trend did not go unnoticed.

Much of the Caribbean island, a US territory with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Maria struck with ferocious winds and torrential rains, the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost a century.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 miles per hour (225 km/h) whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan.

While the Demented Cheese Grit in Chief and his war against black athletes has been dominating headlines and social media feeds in the U.S., Puerto Rico is facing an increasingly desperate situation after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Thursday.

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"Six commercial cargo ships have delivered supplies including food, water and generators to the Caribbean islands, and more supplies are on the way by ship from Florida and by air from Florida and Kentucky".

Across Puerto Rico, large populations remain without power or aid.

Lawmakers should remember, he said, that "this is a major disaster, not unlike Katrina or Sandy - there is going to be a hefty toll for us to make sure that we can reestablish normalcy and build Puerto Rico back stronger". She also noted that alongside Marc Anthony, they will spearhead more initiatives to help the Caribbean and Mexico, which also saw several natural disasters this month, recover.

Lawrence Firefighter William Pagan also has numerous relatives on his father's side of the family who live in Puerto Rico. The problem: The territory has no official, dedicated voice in Washington, and Gov. Rosselló has voiced his concern that Congress, once the first shot of emergency relief has been given, will abandon the island. There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico. The island is bankrupt after years of recession and much of the island was in disrepair even before the hurricanes.

Browne said he had spoken with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who said the island experienced "widespread devastation" and whose own house was destroyed by the storm. On Monday, he was working on local efforts to get fuel and supplies to the island.

Mr Rossello added that Maria had hit the island's electricity grid so badly that it could take months to restore power.

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