For months to come, Puerto Ricans will tend to be forced to endure the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The island territory has been left in near-total darkness following the Category 4 hurricane made landfall, knocking down electricity infrastructure that may take months or longer to totally repair. They have been facing shortages in basic resources like diesel fuel that are essential to keep vulnerable populations alive in the lack of more traditional power supplies. Those shortages have already left some dead. Roads have been completely washed away in some places.
But, whilst the island of more than three million people hurries to put things in working order along with American National Guard troops, some are worried that the island won’t be treated in the same manner as the US government treated Texas and Florida after their natural disasters earlier this year. And, some are plain confused by what Puerto Rico’s relationship is with the united states – and what responsibility Washington actually needs to help out.
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