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Hurricanes and Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans are in dire need of help after a category 4 hurricane named Hurricane Maria destroyed most of their island with 150 mph winds in September. They are short on supplies, food, water, shelter, clothing, and more, and need aid immediately. However, their needs have not been met and many Puerto Ricans are struggling to get by.
CNN had stated that about “97% of the island’s 3.4 million residents [were] still in the dark.” This means that Puerto Ricans barely have any communication with the outside world and are essentially stranded. Not only is there not any power, but food and water are also limited. According to Vox, the people in a town called Arecibo “had only one source of fresh water: a single fire hydrant.” Puerto Ricans are desperately asking for help and should receive help because they are American citizens, as well. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello says, “After Irma, we helped out others – about 4,000 US citizens that were stranded. We gave them shelter and food. During Harvey, we sent out resources to Texas as well…  And now it is time to take a quick decision and help out Puerto Rico as others have done.” If help is not immediately given to Puerto Rico, the death toll could increase dramatically. Columbia University professor John Mutter  “expects in the coming days it could reach into the hundreds.”
The United States is planning to help Puerto Rico as much as they can. Planes carrying supplies, food, water, and more will be heading to the island very soon. President Trump is also planning on visiting Puerto Rico next Tuesday; However, CNN states that he is receiving criticism because he visited Texas and Florida only four days after hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, but he will wait almost two weeks to visit Puerto Rico.
Not only can the government help Puerto Rico, but you can too. Donating to organizations such as will help the people of Puerto Rico tremendously. According to this organization, “A donation of just $28 will provide a kit containing basic and essential supplies such as water purification tablets, a water bucket with a lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads”.