Once again, Puerto Rico faced another catastrophic storm shortly after Hurricane Maria’s fifth anniversary.
This time, Hurricane Fiona caused power outages for millions of people across the island. The storm that made landfall in Puerto Rico this weekend was a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph, per CNN, and continued to bring a torrential downpour even as it crossed the Atlantic and entered the Dominican Republic. To 22 inches Rain has fallen on the island, causing life-threatening flooding that can reach 15 inches even as the storm moves away.
There are a number of deaths now, according to The New York Timesalthough it may still be too early to know the full extent of the damage.
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“In many areas that have never seen flooding, there has been an unprecedented accumulation of water” speak Governor Pedro Pierluisi. “In fact, in many areas it’s bigger than what we saw during Hurricane Maria.”
Below, we have listed various organizations and fundraisers that are focusing their efforts on recovery and aid for the people of Puerto Rico.
Taller than Salud
Taller Salud is a feminist organization based in Puerto Rico. They are currently accepting donations to purchase necessary items for those in need, such as water filters, non-perishable food, solar lanterns, toiletries, etc.
This San Juan-based nonprofit runs the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, which looks to meet the needs of Puerto Rican families. Previously, they provided resources to local farmers and fishermen after Hurricane Maria. They also coordinated donations from the United States to the island to distribute millions of pounds of food, water, and other basic necessities to those affected by the storm.
Launched by Puerto Rican business leaders from the Chinese-American community, the organization uses 100% of its donations to provide humanitarian aid focused on food initiatives. food and agriculture, clean water and renewable energy. They are now accepting donations for disaster relief.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen works to deliver food and meals directly to people in humanitarian or climate crises. On Twitter, the organization announced that it now has teams in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic “ready to do whatever we need.”
Chelsey Sanchez is an Editorial Contributor at HarpersBAZAAR.comwhere she covers popular culture, politics, and social movements.