Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico

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Christine Nguyen, Staff Writer

   On September 18th, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria is a Category 4 hurricane with consistent winds of 155 mph.

  According to CNN, Donald Trump is planning to visit Puerto Rico on October 3rd. Trump describes how, “the infrastructure was in bad shape” and, “[it is] literally destroyed.”

  3.4 million Puerto Ricans are facing a humanitarian crisis due to the drastic amount of destruction enveloping the island. There is limited access to cash and gas. Governor Ricardo Rosselló said, “This has been the biggest catastrophe in the history of Puerto Rico in terms of natural disasters.”

  The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, said, “What’s out there is total devastation. Total annihilation. People are literally gasping for air.” Having demolished homes and separate families, Hurricane Maria has killed at least 16 people.

  People on Vieques, a Caribbean island near Puerto Rico, are also devastated by what Hurricane Maria has caused.  An islander said, “We’re running out of food and water.   We lost everything.” Around the island power lines and planes are destroyed, limiting transportation and communication.

    Caitlin Sao (9) said, “We should help Puerto Rico even if they are are not quite considered a part of the United States. They are going through a disastrous time and need all the help they can get.”

   Hurricane Maria has left most of its victims with no energy grid which limits the available electricity and heated food. Governor Rosselló and Trump are working together, and FEMA and First Responders have also widely contributed in providing immediate help to people affected by Hurricane Maria. The hurricane is estimated to cost from $45 to $95 billion.