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Help Hurricane Maria Survivors
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, pummeling the U.S. territory with catastrophic levels of rain and winds up to 155 miles per hour. Roofs were ripped off buildings; power was knocked out for the entire island. The situation is still dire – most of the island is still without power and clean water and temperatures are scorching. Officials predict that it could be months until power is restored. Many families are without fuel or phone service and some neighborhoods are still under water.
“No generation has seen a hurricane like this since San Felipe II in 1928,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN.
Save the Children is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico responding to the needs of children. We are working closely with the Red Cross, FEMA, and local partners to assess the specific needs of children and families amid reports of massive damage.
Children Suffer the Most in Emergencies
Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million people, 700,000 of them are children under age 18. Many of these boys and girls have been forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding and mudslides. They are now living in shelters that are dark and filled with strangers. It is reported that more than 15,000 people have taken refuge in shelters.
Puerto Rico’s road to recovery will be long and complex. Extreme fuel shortages and lack of access to communication continue to pose difficulties, forcing the island into a cash economy. And with reports of looting, now there are increasing security concerns.
In the Dominican Republic, Save the Children was already on the ground responding to the needs of children and families following Hurricane Irma. We are now broadening our response across multiple sectors due to the added impact and damage sustained from Hurricane Maria. Over 110 aqueducts have been damaged or destroyed, limiting access to water for millions of people, and at least 23,600 have been forced to leave their homes.
The children of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic need your help.
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