What’s Happening To Puerto Rico Without The Delayed Disaster Aid (HBO)

Maria Cruz-Vega can sometimes hear the foundation creaking when she’s in bed at night. There are holes in her floor—and her walls—and she prays the blue-tarp roof that covers her home won’t collapse on her and her family. Nearly 30,000 households in Puerto Rico are still living like this, literally without a real roof over their heads almost two years after Hurricane Maria hit the island. So far, Cruz-Vega has only received about $3,000 from FEMA.

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How This Company Survived After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria roared across Puerto Rico, knocked out 80% of the island’s electrical grid, and plummeted nearly the entire island into darkness. It was the largest blackout in US history and the second largest in the world. Tere Food’s factory that makes pasteles Puerto Riqueños lost all its inventory due to power outages. One year later, the factory is still operating with 14 employees, making about 57,600 pasteles a month.

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How This Company Survived After Hurricane Maria

Why Puerto Rican Tourism Hasn’t Fully Recovered After Hurricane Maria

One year since Hurricane Maria, local businesses in Puerto Rico are struggling to recover. Tucked in the old city of San Juan, Barrachina is a tourist hotspot. Most of the restaurant’s business comes from visitors hoping to sip on piña coladas and try the classic Puerto Rican dish, mofongo. After Hurricane Maria hit, Barrachina was one of almost 10,000 small businesses affected by the storm.

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Why Puerto Rican Tourism Hasn’t Fully Recovered After Hurricane Maria

How Employees Kept A Puerto Rican Cheese Factory Running After Hurricane Maria

Headquartered in San Juan, Indulac employees continued production of queso blanco and UHT milk through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. President Francisco Oramas explains how their 100% Puerto Rican staff was integral in helping Indulac recover after the storm.

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Maria set off months of pain, death in Puerto Rico

(14 Sep 2018) After Hurricane Maria, hundreds of Puerto Ricans with treatable ailments like bedsores and kidney problems died agonizing deaths after going without proper medical care. (Sept. 14)

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House Dems slam Trump over Puerto Rico deaths

(14 Sep 2018) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump for dismissing death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. (Sept. 14)

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GOP lawmakers dodge Trump’s Puerto Rico tweets

(13 Sep 2018) Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill tried to distance themselves from President Donald Trump’s tweets that rejected the conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria. (Sept. 13)

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Trump: Puerto Rico response an ‘unsung success’

(11 Sep 2018) President Donald Trump on Tuesday deemed the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago “incredibly successful” even though a recent federal report found that nearly 3,000 people died. (Sept. 11)

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Trump defends Puerto Rico response as ‘fantastic’

(29 Aug 2018) President Donald Trump says the federal government did a “fantastic job in Puerto Rico” despite the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after Hurricane Maria. Trump says most Puerto Ricans “really appreciate what we’ve done.” (Aug. 29)

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