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$13 Billion Aid to Puerto Rico Three Years After Hurricane Maria

By: Eris Lowdermilk

It has been three years since Hurricane Maria devastatingly hit Puerto Rico. The natural disaster caused immeasurable turmoil that Puerto Rico still struggles with today. On Friday, Sept 18 the Trump administration announced a nearly $13 billion aid package to the U.S. territory. 


The funds will go towards repairing the electrical and education systems. The electrical system was exceptionally hurt where certain areas of the island were without power for almost a year proceeding the hurricane. Around 3,000 Puerto Rican residents were lost due to the category 4 storm.  


With weeks until the election, Trump claims, “We’ve been working on it for a long time.” $9.6 billion of the aid will help the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, and $2 billion will go to Puerto Rico’s Department of Education to revive buildings and facilities. 


Treisman, Rachel. (2020, September 18). Trump Administration Announces Nearly $13 Billion In Aid for Puerto Rico. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/18/914466896/trump-administration-announces-nearly-13-billion-in-aid-for-puerto-rico




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