President Biden introduced Thursday that the federal authorities will cowl 100% of prices for the following month as Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Fiona.
Driving the information: The transfer, which can surge federal assets, comes a day after Biden authorized a serious catastrophe declaration for Puerto Rico and ordered federal assist to help with restoration efforts.
- The prices that will likely be coated embrace particles removing, search and rescue, energy and water restoration, shelter and meals, the president stated.
What he is saying: “We’re laser-focused on what’s taking place to the folks of Puerto Rico once more,” Biden stated, noting that simply 5 years in the past, Hurricane Maria additionally devastated the island.
The massive image: Earlier this week, Hurricane Fiona knocked out energy to tons of of hundreds within the Dominican Republic and the whole island of Puerto Rico, and has been linked to at the least 5 deaths.
By the numbers: Almost 1,000,000 folks remained with out energy and almost 359,000 had no operating water or solely intermittent service within the U.S. territory on Thursday, based on authorities knowledge.