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Hurricane Maria’s devastation shows we need to be doing better

Kimberly Castellanos, Reporter

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On Wednesday, September 20, Puerto Rico was hit by category 4 hurricane, known as Hurricane Maria. It brought with it 150 mph winds and many feet of rain and has left Puerto Rico devastated. Though there has only been an official tally of around 16 to 19 deaths it’s rumored to be much more than that. People have lost their homes, families, businesses, etc. and are just getting by with the very little sources that Puerto Rico can offer at the moment. Roughly 80 percent of the island’s power transmissions have been knocked out and power will be out for months in some places.

The storm had also knocked out 1,360 out of 1,600 of the cell phone towers which also makes communication another problem that will take quite awhile to fix. But without communication services and power, accessibility to basic resources will be scarce and there’s also the hospital’s to be thought about too. Any hospital that can is using power generators to continue operating to help patients with special needs or are arriving in critical condition. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Puerto Rico is not getting even close to the amount of help that this kind of disaster needs.They don’t seem to be receiving any new help soon from the U.S as President Trump stated “This is an island sitting in the middle of the ocean, and it’s a big ocean; it’s a very big ocean. And we’re doing a great job.”

There have been reports of celebrities like Pitbull already giving more support than Donald Trump by offering his private jet to fly out cancer patients to help receive medical attention in their times of need. People need to be trying better to help out Puerto Rico in there time of need. Puerto Rico is home to 3.4 million U.S. citizens and they deserve as much help and attention as we would to any other devastation to a large amount of U.S. citizens. We are not supposed to just be ignoring it because it didn’t affect us. Because if we don’t try to do what we can do to help then who will?
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Hurricane Maria’s devastation shows we need to be doing better