Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

San Juan mayor: Hurricane Maria is Trump's Katrina

San Juan mayor: Hurricane Maria is Trump's Katrina

WASHINGTON - One year after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her parents on the island are still struggling to complete repairs to their house after getting "no help from FEMA at all".

He said the "real issue" is rebuilding and giving Puerto Rico a more resilient infrastructure, steps that are "a lot more productive than arguing about the number" of dead.

Once there, they repaired and replaced roofs, windows and doors, in addition to sanitizing and removing mold from homes. Just as other Americans have received during disaster recovery, the Commission and other government entities owe the people of Puerto Rico real aid, data collection, and recovery efforts that match the unprecedented levels of devastation during this critical time in the island's history.

But Trump rejected the figure, saying on Twitter a week ago, "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", also referencing Hurricane Irma that delivered a glancing blow to the island a year ago. This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

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

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Puerto Ricans also have become increasingly angry and frustrated as President Donald Trump recently touted what he said was a "fantastic" response to Hurricane Maria, calling it an "unsung success" as he denied the official death toll without presenting any evidence.

Those at the vigil said they do plan on having more demonstrations until they get a better response from the federal government.

"To see the island of enchantment was a deep and painful experience", he said. Despite blue tarps still covering missing roofs on thousands of homes, and citizens living with unstable access to electricity or clean drinking water, little help has arrived from cash-strapped local governments or the Trump administration. The suit claimed that Puerto Ricans are owed $2.6 billion in unpaid damages. Instead, the Commission released a report that bundled all 2017 Atlantic hurricanes (despite the fact that Hurricane Maria caused significantly more damage than the others) almost an entire year later.

Morales said it was an emotional day for her since she and many of her neighbors lost everything when the storm made landfall at 6:15 a.m. "One thing is for sure, our lives matter and we do not need a tweet from Trump to remind of us that".

"The community, diaspora, and local non-government entities are making the difference by working hard to provide the necessary services to those devastated by the hurricanes", he told the Blade.

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