Puerto Rico is stronger after Hurricane Maria, residents say

Puerto Rico is stronger after Hurricane Maria, residents say

Thursday marked the anniversary of when Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico.

Cruz-Torres added those in the coastal areas, fishermen in particular, were among the hardest hit because of the gear and boats they lost.

He says rebuilding homes has been the primary focus.

Trump has said "3000 people did not die" following Hurricane Maria, disputing the George Washington study estimating the storm killed 2,975 people directly or indirectly from September 2017 through mid-February.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, in San Juan to attend the memorial event "One Year After Maria", which was sponsored by the local government, told Reuters he disagrees with Trump's comment on Maria's death toll, and vowed to continue helping Puerto Rico.

He said the exhibition walks a fine line, with some paintings showing lovely landscapes alongside trailers set up by Puerto Rico's forensics institute as part of the effort to try to identify the bodies of those who perished in the storm. The San Juan mayor has noted that the island has seen only a fraction of nearly $50 billion in recovery funds Congress approved for Puerto Rico, including $20 billion in HUD funds.

For Carson, the disbursement of HUD funds "paves the way for a speedy, long-term recovery", but he warned that the "path forward is challenging, and will be measured not in months, but rather in years".

If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. He tweeted he was there to "stand in solidarity with the people who have suffered the brunt of Trump's lies, insults and negligence in the year since Hurricane Maria".

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Though they feel camaraderie together gathered at a park in Allentown, they feel the government turned its back on Puerto Rico. "And, that was not easy", she said.

Make The Road Pennsylvania organized the vigil to recognize Hurricane Maria's landfall on the US territory as well as to decry what many in attendance said was an unacceptable response by the USA government.

But others felt that Maria's tragic legacy still needs to be acknowledged, even long after the anniversary has passed.

Artist Omar Banuchi, who organized the exhibit, said he was reluctant at first, in part because he didn't know how to approach the subject.

"There's some language barriers that need to be overcome, but what we've seen is, again, the hospitality, the hotel, resort, and lodging industry have opened their doors", Jim Wall of Career Source Southwest Florida said.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said this week that the government is suing insurance companies that it says have not responded quickly enough to damage claims from the storm. Almost all of the island's cellular towers have also been restored.

It said the Federal Emergency Management Agency faced "unprecedented challenges" when the Category 4 hurricane swept over the Caribbean island with 250 kilometer-per-hour winds, knocking out its electrical grid, sending cascading landslides and fallen trees over thousands of kilometers of roads, and shutting down water systems.

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