Philadelphians hoping to reach family in Puerto Rico

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

Pedro Caraballo said he has been unable to contact his family in Puerto Rico.

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma smashed over and through Puerto Rico, the USA territory is, this time, directly in the crosshairs of Maria, with winds topping 160 miles per hour and 20 inches of rain lashing the already fragile island. Olga Guzman says she lost communication with her sister and brother-in-law as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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"By that I mean that we can demonstrate that anyone that has donated funds, they know where they went to - what organizations received the funds, and who was the beneficiary", he said.

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose mother lives in Puerto Rico, says she will work with the mayor's office to provide relief assistance for the island. "There has been a growing migration of Puerto Ricans here already because of the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico; we expect that to amplify".

"I have found out what's going on through 'Noticentro.' The are saying Puerto Rico is 100 percent without power and some places will be like that for four to six months", she said.


Maldonado said she is heartbroken that she has not been able to reach her brother in Quebradilla.

El Centro is preparing for a rush of calls in the coming days.

He said the conditions worsened as the storm made landfall.

Pedro Caraballo said he's concerned about his family's safety. "She said if anything happens she will be with God and she's good, don't worry about her, for us to take care of ourselves".

They're leaning on each other during this very hard time. We're constantly checking the news, social media and sort of we're prepared to help in the reconstruction right after this hurricane passes through.

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