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Ravaged Puerto Rico Faces Lack of Food & Drinking Water: Manna Meals That Matter

IMPACT WITH HOPE responds to the urgent needs of families devastated by the wind, rain, and storm surge of catastrophic hurricanes. Whether in the United States or abroad, IMPACT WITH HOPE Reaches Out & Serves hurting children and families with the Love of Christ.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last September as a Category 4 hurricane. It spent the next 24 hours wreaking unfathomable destruction on the island. Infrastructure was wiped out. Damage estimates top nearly $100 billion, making it not only one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, but a human catastrophe.

Nearly half a year into the rebuild, many remain without a reliable source of drinking water. Roughly 40 percent remain without electricity.

The process is simply not moving quickly enough.

It’s easier for many to pick up whatever survived the storm, gather their families, and move to the mainland rather than rebuild at home.

Meanwhile, many locals said they were struggling to find food and safe drinking water and increasingly worried about a looming public health crisis in the U.S. territory.

Devastating as its effects were, Hurricane Maria exposed the island’s many vulnerabilities: its egregious lack of federal representation, its general lack of opportunity, and its glaring infrastructural concerns, including an energy authority not only massively in debt, but plagued with corruption. Just as it so callously leveled many of the island’s institutions, it exposed those which were rotten to the core at the outset.

According to De La Cruz, the cost of the recovery effort coupled with the island’s massive debt —$74 billion—has the island “between a rock and a hard place.” It needs a strong leader now more than ever.

IMPACT WITH HOPE continues to serve the people of Puerto Rico. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this historic 2017 hurricane season, which has brought so much pain and suffering to so many.