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SIX MONTHS AFTER MARIA

By admin | March 21, 2018

Yesterday marked six months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Although there has been progress in the island’s recovery, much work remains, including:
  • 11% of Puerto Rico and 8% of the U.S. Virgin Islands still suffer throughthe longest power outage in U.S. history.
  • No power means no cooling, which can present a serious health concernfor young children, older adults, and the nearly 400,000 people with disabilities in Puerto Rico.
  • After Hurricane Katrina, mold spread throughout New Orleans worsening asthma and long-term health. Now, the same is happening in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
A large crowd organized by the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition demonstrated in front of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) yesterday, “demanding equal treatment from the Trump administration and decrying the island’s ongoing woes.” Ramon Pergueo, president and CEO of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, attended the protest yesterday and told CAP Action, “It is outrageous that 6 months after this tragedy, 62 percent of all applications to rebuild have been denied…FEMA has to act.”
It’s clear the Trump administration needs to act to ensure residents of the island have the resources and support they need to recover from and rebuild after the most devastating hurricane seen in years. And to be clear: bungling contracts and faking Spanish accents don’t count.

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