Biden Visits Puerto Rico Hit by Hurricane Fiona

US President Joe Biden will be in Puerto Rico on Monday, which was hit by Hurricane Fiona two weeks ago. An estimated 120,000 homes and businesses on the island are still without power.

Power went out throughout Puerto Rico, a US territory, when Fiona, a Category 1 storm, ravaged the 3.3 million-population island. More than 50 to 80 centimetres of rain fell quickly, resulting in catastrophic flooding.

Bridges and roads were swept away, and more than a million people were temporary without drinking water. According to local health authorities, Biden declared a state of emergency for Puerto Rico on Sept. 18, where 25 people were killed as a result of the hurricane.

During his visit to the stricken island, Biden will announce $60 million in funding to strengthen levees, strengthen flood defences and establish a new flood warning system “to prepare Puerto Rico for future storms better,” an official from the US Department of Agriculture said. White House.

The US president and his wife Jill visit the town of Ponce on the south coast of Puerto Rico. There they meet families affected by the storm and help pack food and other necessities for those in need.

The people of Puerto Rico feared they would be forgotten after Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida last week. Also, the Puerto Ricans, who are US citizens, complained to the US government that they had been overlooked in previous natural disasters. The island was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Maria, a hurricane in the fourth category, also shut down all power on the island at the time.

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