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26 September 2017, 12:28 | Simon Arnold
SIOUX CITY | 24 Iowa Air National Guard Security Force personnel were deployed Monday to Puerto Rico, to assist with security after Hurricane Maria devastated the USA territory on September 20.
While the Demented Cheese Grit in Chief and his war against black athletes has been dominating headlines and social media feeds in the U.S., Puerto Rico is facing an increasingly desperate situation after HurricaneMaria devastated the island Thursday.
The U.S. military also is helping in Puerto Rico by providing generators and the fuel to run them, Manning said. Tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Hamilton playwright and composer who is of Puerto Rican descent, "Hey @realDonaldTrump you can't wait that long". "And our petition is for us to be able to use them".
Most people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have been moved to safety, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said on Monday, as he urged the U.S. Congress to fund an aid package to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria.
What are you doing about Puerto Rico? Just as it was important for Trump to go to Texas and then Florida to show the country's commitment to its citizens, so it is important that he go to Puerto Rico. "There is going to be a hefty toll for us to make sure that we can reestablish normalcy and build Puerto Rico back stronger", the Governor said.
Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power - affecting nearly the entire 70,000 population. Electricity had still not been restored by Monday, and officials who oversee the already poorly functioning power grid have said it could be weeks or months until power is fully restored.
He approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on September 17, after the territory sustained over $1 billion in damages from Hurricane Irma. They are now financing needs assessment efforts to identify and prioritize the most critical community needs, and long-term structural and power repairs to the most vulnerable communities. After suffering damage in the storm, the Guajataca Dam threatened to burst, putting more lives in danger, causing more devastation and complicating rescue and recovery efforts.
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