The federal government will fully cover expenses for Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico for the upcoming month, according to President Joe Biden’s announcement on Thursday.
For the entire month, Biden added, “I’ve authorised 100% — 100% federal assistance for rubble clearance, search and rescue, water restoration, and shelter and food.” “To the residents of Puerto Rico who are still suffering five years after Hurricane Maria, please know that we are here for you. We won’t leave without a fight. I really do.
In the early wake of Hurricane Fiona’s devastating damage to Puerto Rico, more than 1.4 million people were left without power. Most people were without electricity and access to running water due to the storm, which in some places dumped up to 30 inches of rain of the island.
At One World Trade Center in New York City’s Region 2 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Biden issued the declaration.
On Wednesday, the president authorised the declaration of a major disaster for Puerto Rico. This came after he declared a state of emergency on Sunday, just before the hurricane made landfall, and it enables FEMA to give affected people immediate funding for temporary lodging and home repairs. According to the announcement, FEMA may also provide low-interest loans.
Deanne Criswell, the administrator of FEMA, visited the island on Tuesday to evaluate the damage. At the briefing in New York, she was seated next to Biden.
“Once again, what occurred to the people of Puerto Rico has our full attention. Five years have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, or at least almost to the day, according to Biden. “We’re directing additional government resources to Puerto Rico, and we’ll do everything, absolutely everything, to meet their critical needs.”
Supporting Puerto Rico with aid was one of Biden’s campaign promises. He had claimed that the former president Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria in 2017 “made things worse” for the island.
The hurricane, which left hundreds of thousands without power for months, caused nearly 3,000 deaths on the island.