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puerto rico struggles to recover a year after hurricane maria

by:Grade     2020-01-07
San Juan, Puerto Rico-
The rain landed at the home of the Puerto Rican capital Bianca Cruz picchado, forming a stream from her living room to the kitchen, passing through a cabinet raised by a lump of coal.
The living room is dark except for some light in the kitchen and bedroom. The 25-year-
Because she was afraid of electric shock, the old man could not install the light bulb on the ceiling socket himself.
She said that her landlord in San Juan had told her for a year that he would repair the damage caused by Hurricane Maria\'s sweeping of the island in last September, but still got nothing.
The worst rain was held out by a blue tarp as a temporary roof.
She said recently: \"he said, \'I will bring the material over this week. \'.
\"But he did nothing.
\"Throughout Puerto Rico, a year ago Thursday, the devastation caused by the devastating storms caused by Hurricane Four still affected daily life.
Thousands of families, while waiting for repairs, rely on blue tarps to protect themselves and their homes, and many residents face an economic struggle exacerbated by the storm, communities spread across closed schools and abandoned residents can\'t help but worry about whether they can survive the current storm.
Hurricane Maria has killed nearly 3,000 people, residents desperately searching for food, water and medical care, power outages in many areas over the past few months and damaged thousands of homes.
It has caused thousands of American residents. S.
They will move to the mainland to protect themselves and their families.
This also led to federal officials admitting in July that they were not responding adequately to the island\'s emergency situation, with about three people on the island.
3 million people who are the United StatesS.
Citizens at birth
For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that its planning assumptions seriously underestimated the devastating effects of a major hurricane like Maria.
The busy 2017 storm season, including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, has also contributed to the agency\'s struggle to provide food and water to Puerto Maria victims.
Local officials were not criticized for the island\'s outdated infrastructure and poor management, including billions of dollars in debt.
Hurricane Maria\'s official death toll was 64, which lasted for several months. before a study ordered by the island government at the end of last month estimated 2,975 storms, it was criticized as ridiculously low. related deaths.
The good news for many Puerto Rican residents is that electricity has been restored --
Although problems with the power grid still exist, drinking water is basically available and reconstruction is taking place throughout the island.
Some of the anger, frustration and even despair that arose from the issue of emergency assistance were tempered by determination.
However, the struggle is far from over. Cruz’s 10-year-
The old daughter looked at the water falling off the ceiling.
\"Here, here,\" she said, walking through the living room into the bedroom she shared with her sister.
The debris from the ceiling has fallen off, the paint on the walls has flaked off, and it is bubbling from the water.
About three months after the storm, Cruz had four children, aged between 2 months and 10 years, eligible for $900 in disaster assistance from FEMA to replace what was lost at home.
She said the money to buy new furniture, clothing and shoes for her girl.
At the same time, the family struggled to pay rent, food and basic necessities and could not move, she said.
Her daughter\'s primary school is near their home and closed after the storm --
Part of the effort to address the problem of declining enrolment due to Maria and budget issues --
So they walked through the neighborhood to another school half a mile away.
Near Cruz\'s home, Floria Morrell, 74, uses solar energy --
A power light the size of a small gift box that lights up the only place she can live in after Maria
A single room in the first story once belonged to her motherin-law.
The light gives a soft light, the color changes from red to green and blue to yellow.
Rain drops in the corner of the room.
When Maria came, Morrell was on the second floor of the house.
She said that when the storm tore off the wall, she held the frame image of Jesus Christ on her chest.
\"It\'s not broken,\" Morrell said with a smile, pointing to the frame hanging on the wall.
Her home was damaged to restore power.
She didn\'t have a mattress, so she slept on a plastic beach chair.
She didn\'t have a fridge, so she put bottled water in the fridge.
The second floor has been replaced by a wooden frame covered with a blue waterproof cloth, which she says FEMA workers have installed for her.
The water was still coming in so she needed to cook when it rained and she put an umbrella on the gas stove.
She had no idea where she could get enough money to fix the house.
About 45 miles southeast of San Juan, in the small town of yabkoa, a regiment of vines invaded the rusty plough of Angel Berrios Cintron, where it sat
He rented the acre farm before the storm.
Since Maria landed in the eastern part of the island, the equipment has been there, and she tore off the roof of the nearby berrios home and destroyed everything inside.
The storm turned his yam and plantain into a pile of grown-up plants that rot in the sun.
After Maria, Berrios said, he had to choose between rebuilding his home or replanting his crops.
He had neither enough money nor enough time to do both, so he chose the home.
\"Everything is lost.
Everything is crazy right now, \"he said, waving at the overgrown farm.
On the edge of the hotel, a row of yam and other plants were planted.
Berrios walked up to them, pulled the weeds, sprinkled ash on the soil with his hands, and dug a yam.
\"I survived this land,\" he said . \"
In the days after the storm, Berrios, 65, and Migdalia Lazu, 54, moved into their 38-year-
Old daughter\'s home
They sleep under the blue waterproof cloth on the mattress on the floor and Cook with a barbecue because there is no electricity.
In the evening, they use a generator, $15 a day of gasoline, to power the fan to relieve heat and keep the mosquitoes away.
In those days, Berrios said, it seemed that all the creatures were desperate, even the mice were desperate, and they invaded their homes and ate wires.
\"For the sake of your life\'s work to be like this, in a moment, in order to get you to carry all your debts, there is not enough money to protect your family.
\"I don\'t want anyone to do this,\" he said . \".
\"You are so far away.
On October, the couple traveled to Allen town, Pa.
Living with their little daughter and two young children.
But winter is tough for them, and they start to fix their home only to become more desperate.
They returned in the march.
Before the storm, Berrios took out a $25,000 loan to buy a bulldozer, thinking he would start cleaning up the land for other farmers in the mountains.
Instead, he is using the money to repair his house, as well as $4,500 in disaster assistance from the federal emergency response agency.
Berrios has replaced his roof and rebuilt most of the bathroom and three bedrooms.
The house has been disinfected with the help of No.
Although none of their furniture is available for sale, he said.
If he can hire a contractor
He said they were in short supply-
He thought the rest of the House might be ready in six months.
He said he hopes to farm again sometime next year.
The 61-year-old Nerybelle Perez, a professor at the Puerto Rican Catholic university in Arecibo, worries about what happens when another big storm hits Puerto Rico. Her 96-year-
Before Maria, the old father lived alone in the town of Cabo Rojo on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico.
Although he is old, he is very active, farming and giving classes to cuatro.
Guitar instruments Puerto Rico-
Saturday morning.
The storm kept him from running water and electricity and destroyed his farm.
Eight days after Maria\'s death, his chest began to ache.
Local doctors put the two of them in an ambulance and sent them to a hospital in San Juan, where he was rejected, she said.
\"The doctor told me, \'I can\'t help you.
We have no water.
We have no power. . . .
Your father is old.
\"He has lived the life he is going to live,\" she said . \".
The ambulance came back from the island and her father died on the road.
Peres, who lives near San Juan, said there is no doubt that the island will lose power when the next big storm comes.
\"Of course, this will happen again,\" she said . \"
Combination of Hurricane Irma bypassing Puerto Rico in early September;
Two weeks later, Maria came.
Destroyed the long dragon on the island.
There have been problems with the power grid, but they have managed to provide energy for residents.
Schools, enterprises and hospitals are closed without electricity;
The cost of generator gasoline calculated by household income;
Patients whose conditions require cold storage of medicines or special equipment are left in harsh environments.
It was not until August that Utilities said the electricity had fully recovered.
But it is common for people to lose power for a long time.
After Hurricane Maria, 72-year-old Elena Rivera de Jesus waited for 10 months to wait for utility workers to restore power to her home on the small cliff edge in the middle
The central island hill town of Adjuntas, where hills grow rich in tropical plants.
Last week, Rivera stood on a small road outside her home, pointing to a shot-down wire nearby.
She doesn\'t know what caused the line to drop or when it might be fixed.
\"We haven\'t had electricity for 15 days,\" she said . \".
She has been taking care of her bedridden husband for five years because his leg was amputated due to complications from diabetes.
When he needed the medicine, she went down the hill into the city and gently poured water on his shoulder to bathe him and whispered in his ear to keep him busy.
\"Who do you belong? ” she asks.
On a beautiful day, he replied, \"I say hello to you with all my heart.
\"When there was a power outage and her husband\'s insulin needed to remain cold, the adult child living nearby brought ice and she put it in a cooler.
Eventually someone lent her a generator, but the cost of gas and the deafening noise made it impossible for her to use it regularly.
In March, Rebecca rodgez and local
Profit organization Casa Pueblo brings solar energy to Rivera-
Electric generator, let her give her husband a breathing treatment every six hours and use an electric air mattress to prevent bed rest.
Now, the organization is paying for the installation of solar panels in the couple\'s home, an alternative to the unstable grid and one of how the island\'s residents and others can help during the crisis
The funds came from donations received after the storm.
\"The government has not done so,\" said Alexis Massol gonzáez, director of the organization. \"This is the case with the community.
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