when Hurricane Fiona Hitting Puerto Rico on Sunday, it caused devastating landslides and knocked out power grids, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity or water. As the storm moves to tow the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries, celebrities in the region are calling for immediate assistance.
“It is extremely important that we do what we can to help our families in Puerto Rico and now in the Dominican Republic.” Jennifer Lopez tweeted on Tuesday, “I’m working closely with the @hispanic_federation in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.”
“These Hispanic Federation member organizations are on the ground assessing what the real needs of the people on the islands are,” said Lopez, linked to the organization’s website. “Please support however you can.”
Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Monday night, and threatened to progress to a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday as it hit the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Lopez, a Bronx-born New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, has long tried to support the neglected American territory. The singer and actor donated $1 million to relief efforts after Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017, killing nearly 3,000 people. Puerto Rico was still recovering from Maria when Fiona struck.
President Joe Biden on Sunday approved an emergency declaration that ordered the federal government to provide the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the US, desperately needed.
Writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, called for more action to help the region.
“Much of Puerto Rico is without power due to Hurricane Fiona, which slammed into the island on Sunday, raining more than two feet in some places, causing landslides,” Miranda wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday. happened and houses were destroyed.” ,
Miranda’s piece concluded that Hurricane Maria and Fiona both reminded the world that Puerto Rico needed to solve its energy crisis. In 2021, the area’s power utilities were taken over by a private company, Luma Energy, which said it was only equipped to handle Category 2 storms.
Miranda also linked to the Hispanic Federation in an expired Instagram story.
“Our kids call 3 places home: NY, [Puerto Rico] on his father’s side, and [Dominican Republic] On his mother’s side,” Miranda wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, per Parade. “Two of those places need our help right now.”
According to TODAY, celebrities including actor Zoe Saldana and singers Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony took to social media to urge people to help as well.
“My people of Puerto Rico, we are known for being strong and for our faith, and this will be no exception!” Anthony wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “My prayers are with you.”
Martin, who lives in Puerto Rico, sent some encouragement to fellow residents.
Martin said in Spanish in an Instagram video, “Puerto Rico, once again we are facing another tough competition from Mother Nature, but as we have done before, we are going to rise up with more strength and courage.” are.” “I know that together we will make our island shine as bright as ever.”