The president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed on Thursday, January 16, 2020 a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico, due to the earthquakes that shake the island since December 28, 2019 and especially because of the earthquake of 7 January 2020, of magnitude 6.4, which caused damage to homes and 8,000 refugees.
The representative of Puerto Rico before the Congress in Washington, Jenniffer González, informed through her Twitter account that Trump signed the major disaster declaration, which she said "will guarantee prompt and adequate federal assistance to people affected by earthquakes that are still registered on the island. "
"Includes Categories A and B. Category A includes debris removal while Category B allocates funds for work done before, during and after to save lives, protect public health and safety, and prevent damage to public property and private, "Gonzalez said.RELATED
Thank you President @realDonaldTrump for signing the declaration of disaster for the southern towns of Puerto Rico after the January earthquakes. Your action will help the island in the recovery process.
– Jenniffer González (@ Jenniffer2012) January 16, 2020
Trump's signature comes 5 days after the governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, made the declaration request for the municipalities of Guánica, Guayanilla, Ponce, Peñuelas, Utuado and Yauco as disaster areas.
The governor said that, according to preliminary data, the damages caused by the earthquakes reach USD 110 million, although the municipalities indicated that the figure far exceeded USD 460 million.
Vázquez acknowledged this Thursday, January 16, 2020, before knowing Trump's firm, that the island, the associated free state of the United States, receives unequal treatment in federal disaster relief with respect to the continental United States.
"The treatment is unequal and that is why we are fighting so that Puerto Ricans have the same opportunities," said the chief executive at a press conference in which data on the aid received by Puerto Rico was updated since last day 7 an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 would shake an area off the southwest coast.
"It is imperative to underline the inequality that as a people we live compared to other states and jurisdictions. That is why we fight for equality," said Vázquez.
The governor said that, however, there has been extraordinary communication in Washington and Puerto Rico with the US federal authorities.