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The recent events have been catastrophic for parts of the United States and the Caribbean islands. From Hurricane Harvey, then Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and finally Hurricane Maria, the devastation has crippled everyone physically and economically.
Puerto Rico in particular is underwater. A commonwealth of the U.S who’s been struggling with debt got hit with another tremendous blow after Hurricane Maria hit last night.
Via New York Times:
Late Thursday, Bernardo Márquez, the mayor of Toa Baja, a town in northern Puerto Rico, told The New York Times that eight people had drowned there after flooding. That brought to at least 10 the number who have died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, a toll that is expected to climb. The storm has also been blamed for 15 deaths in Dominica and two in Guadeloupe.
For Puerto Rico, long crippled by enormous debt and an essentially bankrupt financial system, the road to recovery just went from long to seemingly endless. Still reeling from Hurricane Irma, which knocked out 70 percent of the power when it grazed the island two weeks ago, it faces a mountain of need in the coming months just as the federal government is stretched to the limit grappling with the destruction left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
And unlike Texas and Florida, politically powerful states on the mainland, Puerto Rico is an impoverished, Spanish-speaking commonwealth.
Two of Puerto Rico’s most recognizable celebrities, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez both posted heartfelt messages via Instagram urging people to donate to Puerto Rico. You can do so by clicking here.http://prfaa.pr.gov/unitedforpuertorico/