Video from October 2017
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Nine Months Later, Many Still in Need
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 3.4 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.
Nine months later, 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 on June 19, 2018, for live updates from the field.