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'Facing A Mountain Of Problems': Puerto Rico 1 Year After Hurricane Maria11:30

Beach workers walk along a street in Punta Santiago. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Beach workers walk along a street in Punta Santiago. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Massachusetts is home to roughly 200,000 people from Puerto Rico. Most have been affected in some way by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017.

The storm brought down power and communications across the island and resulted in an estimated 3,000 deaths. As the island struggles to rebuild, Natalie Jaresko, the head of the island's financial oversight board, said on Monday that Puerto Rico is likely to receive an additional $20 billion in federal relief.

The island is set to receive $82 billion overall, but will it come fast enough as people desperately ask for help?


Simón Rios, WBUR Reporter. He tweets @simonfrios.

This article was originally published on October 23, 2018.

This segment aired on October 23, 2018.


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