Hurricane Fiona: How to Effectively Help Those Who Need It Most

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico a week ago, making it one of the largest environmental disasters to strike the island since the deadly Hurricane Maria exactly five years ago. As the storm made its way through the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and Bermuda, thousands were left without homes due to severe flooding and mudslides. In Puerto Rico nearly every single home on the island lost power—and became another painful reminder of how Boricuans feel severely underserved by their power grids and politicians that profit off them.

While global outlets question how millions of people still don’t have access to electricity a week later, natives on the island know this has been a long time coming. Bad Bunny’s latest video for “El Apagón” went viral just days before Hurricane Fiona hit the shores of San Juan, and it couldn’t have come at a better time: Visuals for the anti-government, perreo-worthy track are interlaced with reporting from journalist Bianca Graulau. In the 22-minute music video-documentary hybrid, Graulau tracks the way outside forces and corruption have infiltrated the island at the behest of the natives who live there.


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