1 year after Hurricane Maria: Vigil held to honor lives lost

FEMA Boss Says Donald Trump Could be Spot on with His Denial of Death Toll Figures from Hurricane Maria

Now, New York State is dispatching another 500 college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Laura speaks to Edgar Gomez, a city official from the town Toa Baja, PR and two education activists from the island, Ana Yris Guzman Toress of Nuestra Escuela Puerto Rico and Nicolle Teresa Ramos, coordinator of Universidad Sin Fronteras.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, greets Puerto Rico Secretary of the Department of Public Security Hector Pesquera, right, during a remembrance ceremony convened by Governor Ricardo Rossello at the San Cristobal Castle, on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

According to the Puerto Rican government, the updated death toll is just shy of 3,000, making it one of the deadliest storms in USA history.

Rosario said she received $7,000 in FEMA aid, but it ran out, and she is now using money and other help from a relative to try to finish reconstruction of her house.

Nivia Rodriguez, a 60-year-old retiree whose uncle died a week after Maria, is among those disgruntled by Trump's comments, as well as by videos of rescue crews responding to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.

"Nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma", he added.

"This should not happen in America to our fellow US citizens", Nelson said during a news conference.

20, 2017, thousands of Puerto Ricans living below the poverty line were pushed to the brink of despair - struggling for food and housing, diapers and medicine.

Trump 'totally' supports Brett Kavanaugh, cites 'impeccable' record
Hatch went on to refer Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford as "this woman" and said, "Whoever she is, she's mixed up". A Judiciary committee statement Sunday accused Democrats of hiding Ford's allegations until the eve of the committee vote.

The powerful and deadly storm damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and knocked out power across the island for months.

"It reflects that Puerto Rico is not a commonwealth but a colony of U.S., that we can be dispensable to the U.S.", Labiosa told the Blade.

"Unfortunately it took hurricane Maria to awaken that attention to this community but at the end of the day I'm a hopeful person, I'm positive so if this was an outcome of that storm, then let it be".

"He simply is unable to grasp the human suffering that his neglect and lack of sensibility have caused us", said Cruz.

"The point is for people to have a good time", Banuchi said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed temporary blue roofs on almost 60,000 homes, and there are still tens of thousands of insurance claims pending.

"While he is busy trying to 'save face, ' he will continue to turn his back on all those who suffer", said Cruz on Thursday in her statement.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency "failed miserably, we need to call it what it is", said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation, at the event that one participant called "the largest Capitol Hill gathering of experts" since the storm struck Puerto Rico.

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