Puerto Rico Earthquake Emergency

On Jan 7, 2020 a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico, killing at least one man and injuring others. This comes after reports of multiple earthquakes hitting the island for the past few weeks, one of the greatest being the one on Jan 7. Hundreds of homes were damaged and the infrastructure is in ruins again. Power was cut from virtually the entire island.

Due to the heavy impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, the island was already recovering slowly from the devastation. Now, this disaster will slow that recovery process even further.

Islamic Relief USA responded after Hurricane Maria in 2017 and 2018 giving necessary emergency aid like water and food supplies. And even this past year, we helped to rebuild homes that were damaged by the hurricane.

Now again, Puerto Rico needs your support. Donate now to help with recovery efforts.

Video from 2019

Rebuilding homes with Partners, One America Movement

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, with upwards of 155 mph winds. As the hurricane churned in the Atlantic, it gained power and speed, endangering more islands that stand in its path. This was the strongest storm to hit the country in nearly a century!

Some 3.3 million people across Puerto Rico suffered a power outage that remained for the next several months. Ricardo Ramos of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority told CNN that the power “‘system has been basically destroyed.'”

Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria “‘the most devastating storm to hit the islands this century, if not in modern history.'” in the same CNN report.

In 2018, IRUSA launched their silver anniversary grants, a program designed to highlight interfaith work across the country in celebration of our 25th anniversary. Among those grantees was One America Movement. Together with IRUSA, they brought an interfaith group to work to rebuild homes in Puerto Rico that were damaged by Hurricane Maria.

This group worked together for one week in Dorado, Puerto Rico to help rebuild homes lost by residents during Hurricane Maria.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Latin America Humanitarian Aid fund may be used to support efforts in Puerto Rico as well as other important emergency or long-term work across Latin America.

Video from June 2018

Two Years Later, Many Still in Need

Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, but the aftermath of the hurricane still remains. Help was slow to arrive and the damage was vast.

IRUSA visited Puerto Rico in June 2018. Many people still need water, food, generators, and so much more. IRUSA is working to provide emergency food parcels in partnership with local partner Lions Club of Puerto Rico. Check out IRUSA’s Facebook page to view coverage of the June trip.

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