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Presidente Trump declara Puerto Rico zona de «gran desastre» (+Fotos)

Men walk damaged trees after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017.
Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island's worst storm in living memory. After leaving a deadly trail of destruction on a string of smaller Caribbean islands, Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico's southeast coast around daybreak, packing winds of around 150mph (240kph).
 / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL
21 de septiembre, 2017 - 10:21 am
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Para el servicio federal de emergencias FEMA, la declaración de emergencia pone un límite de 5 millones de dólares a la ayuda federal, mientras la declaración de desastre carece de límite

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Puerto Rico- El presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, declaró este jueves Puerto Rico como zona de «gran desastre», liberando fondos federales para atender la devastación que dejó la víspera el huracán María en una isla que ya estaba en bancarrota.

La Casa Blanca indicó en un comunicado que «el presidente Donald Trump declaró que existe un gran desastre en el territorio autónomo de Puerto Rico y ordenó asistencia federal para complementar los esfuerzos de recuperación locales del territorio en las áreas afectadas por el huracán María».

Mientras que en un mensaje en su cuenta personal de Twitter, Trump expresó anoche su apoyo al gobernador y a todos los habitantes de la isla. «Estamos con usted y con el pueblo de Puerto Rico. ¡Manténgase a salvo!», declaró el mandatario.

Para el servicio federal de emergencias FEMA, la declaración de emergencia pone un límite de 5 millones de dólares a la ayuda federal, mientras la declaración de desastre carece de límite.

La asistencia puede incluir subsidios para albergues temporales y reparaciones de hogares, préstamos de bajo costo para cubrir pérdidas de propiedades que no estaban aseguradas y otros programas para ayudar a los individuos y empresarios a recuperarse de los efectos del desastre.

María entró en la mañana del miércoles al sur de Puerto Rico como un huracán categoría 4 y emergió en la tarde por el norte de la isla dejando un muerto en Bayamón (noreste), gran devastación en sus infraestructuras y la energía colapsada en su totalidad.

Es una catástrofe difícil de asumir para una isla (un Estado libre asociado a Estados Unidos) que está pasando por la mayor crisis financiera de su historia, con una deuda de 74.000 millones de dólares.

Puerto Rico se declaró en mayo de 2017 en el mayor proceso de quiebra jamás lanzado para una entidad local estadounidense. A causa del desempleo, casi uno de cada diez habitantes ha dejado la isla en los últimos diez años.

Men walk past damaged homes after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island's worst storm in living memory. After leaving a deadly trail of destruction on a string of smaller Caribbean islands, Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico's southeast coast around daybreak, packing winds of around 150mph (240kph).  / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL

Inhabitants of Puerto Nuevo neighbourhood stand next to roof blown off during the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island's worst storm in living memory. After leaving a deadly trail of destruction on a string of smaller Caribbean islands, Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico's southeast coast around daybreak, packing winds of around 150mph (240kph).  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

A tree blocks a street in Santurce, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding on Thursday after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

A car is viewed stuck in a flooded street in Santurce, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017.  Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding on Thursday after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Flooded streets are seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017 after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding on Thursday after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Residents clear fallen debris after the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island's worst storm in living memory. After leaving a deadly trail of destruction on a string of smaller Caribbean islands, Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico's southeast coast around daybreak, packing winds of around 150mph (240kph).  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

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