Biden visits Puerto Rico, repeatedly battered by hurricanes

Biden visits Puerto Rico, repeatedly battered by hurricanes

“I will Puerto Rico as a result of we’ve not taken excellent care of them”: Joe Biden left Monday for the American territory of the Caribbean, devastated by Hurricane Fiona, and bruised earlier than that by a collection of climatic disasters.

As he left the White Home on Monday, the US president made this stark admission, which additionally reads as a criticism of his predecessor: “I will Puerto Rico as a result of we’ve not taken excellent care of them. They have been making an attempt to get well from the final hurricane. I wish to see what it is like immediately and ensure we’re doing every part we are able to.”

Former President Donald Trump had been criticized for the late and laborious response of the federal state after the passage in 2017 of hurricanes Irma and Maria, accountable in line with native authorities for almost 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico.

So long as it takes

White Home spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre identified Monday that even earlier than Fiona touched Puerto Rico, Joe Biden had “rapidly mobilized federal sources”. She assured that the federal state would come to the help of the territory “so long as it takes”.

Throughout the go to, Joe Biden will announce the discharge of a $60 million fund to strengthen the island’s long-term defenses in opposition to rising waters.

The territory of simply over three million inhabitants, Americans utilizing the greenback however with out the best to vote in nationwide elections, deplores a minimum of a dozen deaths following the passage of Fiona.

By going there along with his spouse, the president desires to reassure a inhabitants who feared being uncared for in favor of Florida, affected by Hurricane Ian, the place he’ll go on Wednesday.

This different journey guarantees to be extra sophisticated politically, for the reason that southern state is ruled by one in all Joe Biden’s fiercest critics, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. It was unclear on Monday if the 2 males could be facet by facet on this event.

Humanitarian help

In Puerto Rico, the Biden couple are destined for Ponce, the island’s second metropolis, on the south coast, the place they’ll meet households in want and assist make humanitarian help packages.

He should converse at 2:45 p.m. native (8:45 p.m. in Switzerland).

All of Puerto Rico was left with out energy and round a million folks have been left quickly with out consuming water when Fiona, then a Class 1 hurricane, hit the island in mid-September.

Joe Biden had declared a state of emergency for the territory on September 18.

It had completed so on September 24 for Florida, earlier than declaring the state of “main catastrophe” for the state on Thursday, the place Hurricane Ian hit Wednesday as a Class 4 hurricane.

Florida continues to be assessing the appreciable materials injury, significantly on its southwest coast, and counting its useless.

The loss of life toll from Ian, one of the highly effective storms to ever hit the continental United States, is a minimum of 62 – 58 in Florida and 4 in North Carolina.

Lots of of hundreds of Florida residents have been nonetheless with out energy Monday and authorities stated it will take months and $50 billion or extra to rebuild the devastated coastal areas.


Every pure catastrophe in america brings its share of debates on the response of political authorities – native, state, and federal, however Puerto Rico holds a particular place within the matter.

Former Republican President Donald Trump has thus been accused of delaying or blocking the allocation of federal funds to the island following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

On the finish of his mandate, nevertheless, he introduced himself as a terrific pal of this territory. If the inhabitants of Puerto Rico themselves don’t vote within the American nationwide elections, those that have emigrated to america, to Florida particularly, represent a diaspora that could be very courted politically.

Donald Trump had additionally been strongly criticized for having, throughout a go to after Hurricane Maria, distributed rolls of paper towels by throwing them like a basketball participant. The mayor of the capital San Juan had denounced an “insulting” gesture.

This text has been revealed routinely. Sources: ats / afp

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