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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Puerto Rico to Receive $6 Billion in Aid

By U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Puerto Rico will finally receive over $6 billion in aid to assist in relief from Hurricane Maria that struck in 2017.

President Joe Biden authorized the money to be released. Former President Donald Trump held up some of the money being distributed.

The storm made landfall on Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, as a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 250 km/h.

On September 24, Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló estimated that the damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was probably over $8 billion.

Approximately 80 percent of the territory's agriculture was lost due to the hurricane, with agricultural losses estimated at $780 million.

The hurricane completely destroyed the island's power grid, leaving all 3.4 million residents without electricity.

Hurricane Maria caused landslides across the island and in some municipalities, there were more than 25 landslides per square mile.


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