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Hurricane Harvey is Long Gone, but Texas is Still Reeling

Hurricane Harvey is Long Gone, but Texas is Still ReelingAlternative housing is scarce since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, so many in small communities are forced to live in storm-damaged homes and, in some cases, tents.



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Hurricane Maria: Bill Clinton personally hands out supplies in Puerto Rico to survivors

Hurricane Maria: Bill Clinton personally hands out supplies in Puerto Rico to survivorsFormer US president Bill Clinton has arrived in Puerto Rico to meet with residents as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Mr Rossello said Mr Clinton’s visit will help people realise Puerto Rico still needed relief supplies more than two months after he hurricane wreaked havoc on the island. “It’s important to have him here because he has a vision of how to emerge from the emergency phase, establish normalcy and begin to rebuild,” Mr Rossello said.



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Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto RicoIt's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January.  According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $ 70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $ 44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $ 61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $ 94 billion).  According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $ 44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service… with balloons



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Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria responseBy Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of Puerto Rico’s indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory’s governor said. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in 2016, was also criticized over controversial contracts. Rossello recommended Justo Gonzalez as interim director, according to a separate statement.



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Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricanePuerto Rico’s population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found. “In the decade prior to Hurricane Maria, net migration from Puerto Rico to the United States amounted to approximately half a million, which represented a loss of ten percent of the island’s population,” said report authors Edwin Melendez and Jennifer Hinojosa.



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Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricanePuerto Rico’s population is set to decrease by 14 percent to 2.9 million inhabitants by 2019 due to an exodus of residents fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September, a study has found. “In the decade prior to Hurricane Maria, net migration from Puerto Rico to the United States amounted to approximately half a million, which represented a loss of ten percent of the island’s population,” said report authors Edwin Melendez and Jennifer Hinojosa.



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Hurricane Maria death toll 'much higher than officially reported', mayor in Puerto Rico says

Hurricane Maria death toll 'much higher than officially reported', mayor in Puerto Rico saysThe mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan has warned the death toll from Hurricane Maria is far higher than the official figure. Carmen Yulín Cruz said the true number of deaths following the disaster could be as high as 500 rather than the official toll of just 54. Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island on the morning of 20 September and caused devastation to the country’s already fragile infrastructure.



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More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane MariaMore than 73,000 people have fled emergency conditions at home for Florida since Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory in the Caribbean. “As of October 3, 2017, more than 73,000 individuals arrived in Florida from Puerto Rico through Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport and the Everglades Port,” a statement from the office of Governor Rick Scott said. The hurricane hit the island September 20, but Puerto Rican arrivals in Florida are being recorded from October 3, a spokesman for Florida Governor Rick Scott told AFP.



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Man dies from flesh-eating disease two months after Hurricane Harvey

Man dies from flesh-eating disease two months after Hurricane HarveyA Texas man died of a rare flesh-eating disease two months after Hurricane Harvey slammed parts of the state, according to the Galveston County Health District.



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All former living presidents appear together to raise cash for hurricane victims while Trump plays golf

All former living presidents appear together to raise cash for hurricane victims while Trump plays golfAll five living former presidents have appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a benefit concert for communities affected by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey. Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared on stage together at the event promoting “The One America Appeal”. Donald Trump did not appear in person at the Reed Arena in Texas, but recorded a video message which was played to concert goers.



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