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“Trump’s Katrina”: Disaster Statism Vs Autonomous Relief
Thursday, September 28, 2017 : The post “Trump’s Katrina”: Disaster Statism Vs Autonomous Relief appeared first on It's Going Down. The situation in Puerto Rico is one of disaster – and things are only looking worse. Already, it has been over 7 days since hurricane Maria touched down, killing between 16 to 30 people so far, and shutting off power to entire island.
It is reported that electricity is not expected to return to the island for 6 months, as over 1.5 million people currently lack clean drinking water, and backup generators are running out of fuel to power things like hospitals. In the interior of the island, far away from any relief supplies that are arrive, and largely blocked by flooded or destroyed roads, many Puerto Ricans lack access to clean water, food, and any sort of communication. Despite growing pleas for aid, the Trump administration has been slow to respond and many fear a growing humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of the storm, made worse by the State itself. To put things further in perspective, a recent study in The Washington Post found that the United States offered more aid in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti than it had done in the first week after Maria. Read More