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hurricane maria wipes out st. thomas updates of the stormI reside in Puerto Rico, and generally I assume of myself as an "expat" in spite of that Puerto Rico is a United State territory and I do not require a VISA to reside correct right here. On the other hand the culture is totally opposite of the USA in so rather a couple of amazing strategies.
When I say "wonderful ways" there are also down sides to living in Puerto Rico, and I am not implying that the USA does not have a number of excellent qualities as there are pros and cons in each locations.
Nonetheless soon right after living in Puerto Rico for the final year, I have had time to appear at the pros and cons and I feel further at residence in Puerto Rico than in any location that I have lived in my life, and that is to say a lot as I have lived all more than the USA, from Hawaii to the USVI and I have visited each and every state except for Alaska and I have spent a lot of time more than seas.
Now soon following surviving in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane category 5 maria clears st. John Picture of the storm, it is even extra apparent to me what the qualities that I delight in in Puerto Rico are. Some of these issues I began to take for granted, and now I am additional and far much more thankful for this exclusive culture than ever prior to.
For instance, when we initially moved to our most up-to-date household in Puerto Rico, with out possessing even figuring out everyone in the neighborhood, a lot of of our neighbors came to our residence with meals for our household. This was a massive relief to us as nicely, because we had not but bought a stove to cook on. Getting hot meals have been such a enormous blessing to us for the 1st week that we have been there. Then even quickly right after that, we exchanged meals with our neighbors. Post-Hurricane we are nonetheless sharing the hospitality of the Puerto Rican culture. Our neighborhood right after the storm we alive with kindness and hospitality, persons with no food in their storage have been properly fed, men and girls that had meals had those with other necessities sharing and exchanging products. There was so substantially of this neighborly seriously like, and every person treats everybody like household, even the new gringo family.

There has been a lot of political back and forth amongst Puerto Rico and the US. The mayor of the capitol city of Puerto Rico Carmen Yulín Cruz criticized the US response to the tragedy, and in turn Trump took to twitter to insult her and all Puerto Ricans so it seemed, as to imply that Puerto Ricans want the US government to do anything for them. I was taken aback with this statement, and I became angry for my quite very first time ever with Trump. Prior to this statement I was supporting Trump, in hopes that he would be higher than other profession politicians, but it appears like it is the precise similar ol' incredibly similar ol' political lip service, with a dash of insults.

What I can say about Puerto Rico is that this culture takes care of it's own. Regardless of that we are a US territory with such trade tariffs as the Jones Act imposed on us, and in spite of that this was the worst storm in the history in the Atlantic ocean, nonetheless Puerto Ricans are pulling collectively. We are currently staying in a refugee shelter that was setup by neighborhood jurisdictions at a neighborhood sports and recreation center. Quickly after attempting and attempting to get details from FEMA and the Red Cross, and even going to them in certain person, I could not get any assist from either group. Nonetheless when I discovered a representative from the tourist agency in Puerto Rico and she was in a position to give me guidance to a single unique of the 139 shelters that have been setup in the location.

Beyond the enable at the shelters that have been setup by the neighborhood, we merely obtain a lot of adore from the folks right here. Lots of loves and hugs from people who just want to care for their fellow neighbor.

The destruction in Puerto Rico is totally breath taking. I have below no situations saw anything so tragic in my life. I watched other hurricane aftermath on the news, such as Katrina and other significant hurricanes. But what I have saw on the ground was so unbelievable, that I had to capture what I have saw with my drone, and certainly absolutely nothing compares to this devestation.

It has also been misreported, lately by Trump and in the preceding by the big stream media that our death toll appropriate right here if incredibly low. Nonetheless we know for a truth that in the town of Lajas alone that at least one hundred folks have died as a direct result of the storm, and this is a town of only 25,000 men and ladies. There have been a lot of deaths in hospitals exactly where supplies are running low, and where energy was not obtainable.
Our communications are practically fully offline as of October 8th 2017, according to www.status.pr significantly significantly less than 15% of our cellular communications are online in the territory. This has triggered a disconnect in the reporting of the death toll as nicely. We know that the death toll for the whole territory is in the hundreds if not further, but there are a lot of locations inaccessible in the area at this point and it could not be completely recognized how many persons died for weeks or months.

As our house was blown to pieces and we lost each and every point, we are attempting to regroup. Nevertheless we know what God takes away, He generally gives back in abundance. There will be great and negative factors that come of this storm. Lots of tragedy that has taken place correct right here, but in the lengthy run it has actually brought this neighborhood collectively and created us stronger in Puerto Rico.

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