How to help Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Fiona

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Puerto Rico continues to reel from Hurricane Fiona, which knocked out power and water access to most of the island. The slow-moving Category 1 storm made landfall Sunday, dumping up to 30 inches of rain, triggering floods and mudslides and washing away bridges in areas that have yet to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017.

“The damages that we are seeing are catastrophic,” Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said Sunday.

More than 1,000 people stranded by the floodwaters have been rescued or evacuated by the National Guard, Pierluisi said. At least two deaths have been reported.

A flooded street lined with partially submerged telephone poles and one-story buildings.
A flooded street is seen after the passage of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Monday. (Photo by Jose Rodriguez/AFP via Getty Images)

Fiona has strengthened to a Category 3 storm and is expected to pass near the islands of Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. It is not expected to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast.

The storm struck the island just two days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 storm that destroyed the U.S. territory’s power grid and killed nearly 3,000 people.

A woman stands on a tiled floor of what appears to have been a house, surrounded by fallen palm trees, destroyed structures and endless debris.
A woman surveys the damage on her property in San Isidro, Puerto Rico, Oct. 5, 2017, about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

President Biden approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sunday, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief.

But there are other ways to help the recovery efforts.

How to help

Below is a list of some local organizations that are coordinating relief, along with links to donate.

A man walks down a flooded street holding what appear to be a plastic bag and a jug of water.
A man walks down a flooded street in Catano, Puerto Rico, on Monday. ( AFP via Getty Images)