Puerto Rico's Plea

October 5, 2017
A girl walks among the ruins of her home.
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Puerto Rico is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. The storm struck the U.S. territory on September 20.

The Category 4 hurricane knocked down trees and destroyed homes. It also killed at least 16 people. The entire island has been left without communications. People did not have access to electricity and freshwater. Officials said it will take weeks or months to restore these services. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, asked for more help from the U.S. government. “This is a major disaster,” he said, five days after the storm. “Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., and we need to take swift action.”

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