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Puerto Rico food and water crisis
The president is set to visit Puerto Rico to assess the damages caused by the category 4 hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico on September 20th. According to weather report the hurricane had a wind speed of about 137 mh (Zorrilla, n.p). The hurricane has cut off power in the entire island. The people generally live in a camp zone. The American residents are in much danger as they lack clean water and food due to the disastrous ordeal. Little has been done to curb the current situation of water and food. The assessment of this paper focuses on the food and water crisis of Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria has caused a destruction of 80% of both market stores and people homes Zorrilla, n.p). Most of the restaurants and food stores remain closed as the island is in a blackout. The few that have generators have minimal diesel supply to sustain them for a week. It is reported that few of the stores that open have to face long lines of customers as everyone wants to get a share. The store owners are quite worried since they can't restock due to unavailability of resources such as trading ships that stopped coming due to the hurricane. Their shelves remain empty with only milk, meat and few perishable goods left (Zorrilla, n.p). Lack of power makes it quite hard to store the few perishable goods that remain. With the little food available for the people to share their biggest worry still remains to be water. The people don't have ready clean water for drinking due to lack of electricity to run the water cleaning machines.
Puerto Rico is made of an estimated 3.4 million Americans living in the excluded island, out of these only 22% of the island has access to power. According to the Puerto Rico waste authorities, only 56% of wastes facilities have back up powers to help with the waste problems. 50% of the Puerto Rico residents have access to tap water but they’re not different from those people without tap water. Due to lack of power the systems that help clean the water from the boreholes and dams are currently out of work. According to FEMA and Puerto Rican chamber of marketing industry and distribution the 80% of open stores will not support the people with enough food in the next few weeks if the government doesn’t take action (Zorrilla, n.p). The authorities of the island are starting a boil water campaign as they await government help to arrive.
This report goes to the American government. It is the first time that the government is engaging the humanitarian aid on a wide range of people within the American borders (Sheppard, n.p). The congress should entirely fund the humanitarian aid to help support Puerto Rican residents in the current situation and prepare them for the disasters to come. The government should rebuild Puerto Rico with stable water, food and energy systems that can with stand natural disasters such as hurricanes without considering the cost and profit margins.
It is time the government put the safety of the citizen on the forefront of profitable ambitions. It has been more than a month after Puerto Rico experienced hurricane Maria and the government has less to show for the progress in Puerto Rico Island. People are starving and others are becoming sick due to dirty untreated water (Sheppard, n.p). The federal government should stop holding back and carry out their duty to the common citizen. On research before the hurricane the federal government had cut off all its EPA loans to Puerto Rico due to bad debts (Sheppard, n.p). It is time the government puts aside the money issue and starts to help the people of Puerto Rico. The people deserve a fair share of their rights. What type of government are we if we can't protect our people in a time of need.
Although the Maria Hurricane brought much destruction to Puerto Rico and people suffered for two month without electricity and good life later they were able to get help even though it was in the hardest way. The government took long to respond to their call but they later came in and helped in one and another.
Sheppard, Barry. "Puerto Rican disaster badly worsened by US treatment." Green Left Weekly 1156 (2017): 13
Zorrilla, Carmen D. "The View from Puerto Rico—Hurricane Maria and Its Aftermath." New England journal of medicine (2017) Sheppard, Barry. "Puerto Rican disaster badly worsened by US treatment." Green Left Weekly 1156 (2017): 13
Puerto Rico food and water crisis
The president is set to visit Puerto Rico to assess the damages caused by the category 4 hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico on September 20th. According to weather report the hurricane had a wind speed of about 137 mh (Zorrilla, n.p). The hurricane has cut off power in the entire island. The people generally live in a camp zone.