A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermath

A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermath

A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermath

FILE - A man takes one of his 10 a day asthma treatments to help him breathe, inside his home still covered with a tarp a year after Hurricane Maria, in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Sept. 9, 2018. Trump has called his administration's emergency response to Maria an "unsung success" and "one of the best jobs that's ever been done".

"We stand for justice and we believe that justice has not been served for the 3,000 people that perished as well as those who are still suffering in the island and those who are here who hasn't received sufficient support", said Mantilla.

And yet, aside from Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel's advocacy for the island (though, fierce), the FCC has done very little to aid or draw awareness to the slow recovery in Puerto Rico - particularly for the disconnected reality that still exists for many Puertoriqueños.

A year after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with 150 mile-per-hour (241 kph) winds, government officials on Thursday announced that about $1.5 billion in federal funds aimed primarily at rebuilding housing will start flowing to the island.

Maria devastated the US commonwealth, and Rossello has said the island's government initially underestimated the death toll, putting it at 64.

Calderon was flanked on the panel by philanthropists whose companies did humanitarian work in Puerto Rico after the hurricane.

A year after deadly Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles with aftermath

Pastor Elder Gonzalez said he and other volunteers who flew to Puerto Rico after the hurricane to help were shocked at what he saw from up high.

After a commissioned study, the government of the USA island attributed an estimated 2,975 deaths to the Category 4 storm, which also caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, including destroying 75 percent of the island's transmission lines.

"It's too much", she said. Both storms reached Category 5 levels of intensity at different points in their development.

"FEMA leadership acknowledged that the agency could have better anticipated that the severity of hurricanes Irma and Maria would cause long-term, significant damage to the territories' infrastructure", the report said.

"You worry, because you think it's going to fly off like it did before", she said.

"To see the island of enchantment was a deep and painful experience", he said. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. It's unclear, even one year later, exactly how much of the island's copper network (landline) was damaged. She and other residents from Yabucoa, a coastal municipality, had to rebuild their homes. After the storm, Rosario rented a home until she could no longer afford it on her monthly $598 dollar pension and now splits her time living with her mother and daughter. "This hit us hard". A Florida International University survey estimates 75 percent of Puerto Ricans living in Florida have a favorable view of Scott, who was in San Juan on Thursday, and 62 percent have a favorable view of Nelson, who has been critical of Federal Emergency Management Agency's response.

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