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Is the US Doing Enough? Puerto Rico Left In Ruins

Gianni Martinez, Staff Writer

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September 20, 2017 was the date of  Hurricane Maria, which struck  most of the Caribbean, specifically the small country of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a country not known for being in a very wealthy state where the majority of the citizens live in tattered homes: very small and are barely able to fit a family of three. So imagine the amount of damage one hurricane can do to a community where houses are hardly able to stand, and with a category four hurricane  with 155 mile per hour winds targeting a whole country.  Well, the final aftermath was not very pretty. Houses were torn apart or damaged very badly, people were MIA or dead, and overall a whole country was torn apart due to mother nature.

 

Most importantly, people were hopeless in trying to rebuild their homes and find resilience to gain what they had lost. Specifically in  impoverished towns, people no longer have roofs above their heads. This is currently a huge problem in Puerto Rico. People are trying to find anything to cover their homes and the US Army Corps of Engineers are trying to help  by distributing tarps or blue roofs to the people who are in need of one, but there is only one problem—still more than half the country have no roofs. Why is that?

 

70,000 people have made a request for blue roofs, and only less than 25 percent have received them.  There is a distribution factory located 20 miles away from the town of San Lorenzo filled with blue tarps just sitting there. These citizens are in need of help, but more than half have not been given roofs and their homes are now full of water from rain and other weather conditions that pass by. If anymore time is to be wasted, they may no longer have a stable home to live in due to the amount of damage their houses are getting.

 

Furthermore, Puerto Rico has been told it is part of the US though it is not considered a state, but how come the small country has received very little support from us? It has been almost four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and supplies are running low, the recovery of towns have slowed down rather than sped up. If the United States helped a little bit more in the rebuilding process by giving more donations; food, water, rebuilding supplies, medical assistance, and helped distribute blue roofs, maybe the citizens of the country would be in a better state instead of having to go through this unnecessary struggle everyday.

 

Overall, Puerto Rico and its citizens need to have more support from the United States and the US Army Corps of Engineers, we should be doing more for our sister country, especially in this time of great need for them. People are coming home to a house flooded with rainwater, having to move their bed into what was once a kitchen , and are  rebuilding  whole houses by themselves. Most importantly, someone in this world needs to step up and be the better person. This world is one large country, we should all help each other when in need of help.

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