FROM Ed Morales
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling The official death count in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria is 64 people. Today, Puerto Rico’s governor called for a review of the death count after media organizations have found the mortality rate is at least seven times that. Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism estimates that — in September and October, the two months following the storm — the number of people dead in Puerto Rico increased by more than 1,000. How is Washington D.C. obligated to help?
What do Puerto Ricans think of the relief effort so far? Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and more than a week later, aid is still slow to reach the island. President Trump emphasized Friday how difficult the relief effort Puerto Rico will be and called on the Puerto Rican government to work with his administration on that effort, and “the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.” The Trump Administration has been criticized for its delayed response to the crisis. A recent poll found that nearly half of Americans don’t know that 3.4 million Puerto Ricans on the island are also U.S. citizens—what do Puerto Ricans in America think of the administration’s relief effort so far?
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