When Hurricane Fiona deed Puerto Rico connected Sunday, it caused disastrous landslides and knocked retired the powerfulness grid, leaving hundreds of thousands without energy oregon water. As the hurricane moves connected to batter the Dominican Republic and different Caribbean nations, celebrities with ties to the portion are calling for contiguous aid.
“It is vitally important that we bash what we tin to assistance our families successful Puerto Rico, and present the Dominican Republic,” Jennifer Lopez tweeted Tuesday. “I’m teaming up with the @hispanic_federation successful Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.”
“These Hispanic Federation subordinate organizations are connected the crushed assessing what the existent needs of the radical connected the islands are,” added Lopez, who linked to the organization’s website. “Please enactment nevertheless you can.”
Fiona made landfall successful the Dominican Republic connected Monday night, and threatened to turn into a Category 4 storm Wednesday arsenic it deed the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Lopez, a Bronx-born New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, has agelong made efforts to enactment the neglected U.S. territory. The vocalist and histrion donated $1 cardinal to alleviation efforts aft Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, deed the land successful 2017, sidesplitting nearly 3,000 people. Puerto Rico was inactive recovering from Maria erstwhile Fiona hit.
President Joe Biden approved an exigency declaration Sunday that ordered the national authorities to supply the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is an unincorporated territory of the U.S., with desperately needed assistance.
Writer and histrion Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents were calved successful Puerto Rico, called for much enactment to assistance the territory.
“Much of Puerto Rico is without powerfulness owed to Hurricane Fiona, which slammed into the land Sunday, dumping much than 2 feet of rainfall connected immoderate locations, causing mudslides and destroying homes,” Miranda wrote Tuesday successful an op-ed successful The Washington Post.
Miranda’s portion concluded that some Hurricane Maria and Fiona reminded the satellite that Puerto Rico needed to lick its vigor crisis. In 2021, the territory’s powerfulness utilities were taken implicit by a backstage company, Luma Energy, which said it was lone equipped to grip Category 2 storms.
Miranda besides linked to the Hispanic Federation successful a since-expired Instagram story.
“Our kids telephone 3 places home: NY, [Puerto Rico] connected their dad’s side, and [Dominican Republic] connected their mom’s side,” Miranda wrote connected Instagram Tuesday, per Parade. “Two of those places request our assistance close now.”
Other celebrities, including histrion Zoe Saldana and singers Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony urged radical via societal media to assistance retired arsenic well, according to Today.
“My radical from Puerto Rico, we are known for being beardown and for our faith, and this volition not beryllium the exception!” Anthony wrote successful the caption of an Instagram post. “My prayers are with you.”
Martin, who lives successful Puerto Rico, sent immoderate encouragement to chap residents.
“Puerto Rico, erstwhile again we’re facing different hard stroke from Mother Nature but, arsenic we’ve done before, we are going to emergence up with much spot and courage,” Martin said successful Spanish successful an Instagram video. “I cognize that unneurotic we’ll marque our land radiance similar always.”