Three-point-four million American citizens live on the island of Puerto Rico. While efforts to rebuild communities in Texas and Florida after a series of deadly hurricanes last September are progressing steadily, 400,000 Puerto Ricans on the island are still without electricity, some five months after the wind and rain stopped.
Noah Steinberg-Di Stefano has just returned from his second trip to Puerto Rico. He’s with the Baltimore-based international aid group, Lutheran World Relief. He joins Tom in the studio.
Diane Jharriah-Robinson of Caritas-Antilles is working to restore stability and normalcy to the lives of the 73,000 people displaced by hurricanes on the tiny island of Dominica. She joins us by phone from her field office in the Dominican capital, Roseau.
They give us an update on relief efforts, now that the TV cameras are long gone.