In May 2017, the winds of Hurricane Maria were approaching from the east and bringing the Category 4 hurricane with it.
The storm had brought devastating flooding to the Caribbean and Haiti and left thousands homeless.
But the real impact of the storm came from the sea, as it caused a surge of salt water that swept into the Gulf of Mexico and dumped up to five feet of water on a large swath of land, creating havoc in the area.
After days of fighting with the National Guard, the Puerto Rican government finally declared the island fully under federal control on June 1, 2017.
While the federal government’s efforts helped alleviate the hardships, it was the private sector that took the brunt of the damage, and a combination of high demand for medical supplies, a shortage of food and clean drinking water and the rise of human traffickers were the main drivers of the massive damage.
With hurricane season starting just a few weeks away, many of the communities hit hardest by the storm are still reeling.
And in May 2017 alone, a total of 3,800 people died in Puerto Rico, according to a report by the Associated Press.
While Maria was not the first time hurricanes have impacted Puerto Rico’s economy, the amount of damage that it caused was a shock to the islanders, who are still struggling to rebuild.
As many as one in three of the island’s residents still suffer from some form of mental illness and have been forced to live on the streets, according a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to the severe economic impact, Maria has also sparked a social stigma against the island and the people who live there.
A new law in the U.S. states that Puerto Ricans who live in poverty cannot hold public office, and that any public employee who does so can be fired, according to the Associated Journal.
“The problem with Puerto Rico is that people don’t see the island as a country,” said Aline Rodriguez, who has been helping out in the aftermath of Maria.
“There are a lot of people who were living on the island before the hurricane and didn’t know what it meant.”
But Rodriguez says that Puerto Rico has the capacity to cope with any kind of crisis, even if it is a big one like Maria.
Rodriguez, a 25-year-old teacher from Santa Ana, California, has lived in the island since 2013 and said that she believes Puerto Rico can handle any natural disaster.
She told the AP that her father was born on the mainland and that his mother was born in the US, and her father is still alive, although he was born overseas.
Puerto Rico has also had a number of challenges in the last decade.
During the height of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many residents moved to New Orleans, where they were able to stay in temporary shelters.
There, they struggled to survive and the number of deaths on the islands increased dramatically.
However, in the following years, Puerto Rico did not experience a major hurricane.
Despite these challenges, many Puerto Ricos have remained hopeful that the island can recover from a natural disaster and become a safer place to live.
For many, Puerto Ricas recovery has been the main motivation for trying to rebuild, said Rodriguez.
Although it may take a long time, Puerto Rican leaders say they have the resources to rebuild the island, and they have made progress in the past decade.
“We are working hard to do it,” said Mayor Miguel Angel Moro, who is also Puerto Rican President.
“We are not going to sit here and say we have it all.
We are going to go forward.
We will get through.”
PURO RICO HAS MORE THAN 100 MILLION PEOPLE While many Americans were unable to help in the wake of Maria, there are a number who have been able to help.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would be sending $3.8 billion in emergency aid to Puerto Rico in 2018, and in March 2017, he said that he was sending $1.8 million in aid to the U,S.
He also announced in September that Puerto Rican Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló will send $1 billion in funding for schools and infrastructure projects in the state.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has also started helping Puerto Rico recover from the storm.
On May 8, 2017, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tweeted that the U:s.
will provide $1bn to help Puerto Rico as soon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determines that Puerto Rucan needs more aid.
It is unclear when the money will arrive, but it is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Biden, the current president, also sent aid to a number Puerto Rican municipalities, including the