US: Biden announces more than $60 million in aid to help Puerto Rico cope with storms

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U.S. President Joe Biden announced Monday that he will provide more than $60 million to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Fiona to help coastal areas prepare for storms.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi during a briefing on Hurricane Fiona emergency relief efforts. - Adam Schultz/Planet Pix via ZUMA / DPA © Provided by News 360 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi during a briefing on Hurricane Fiona emergency relief efforts. - Adam Schultz/Planet Pix via ZUMA / DPA

"Today I announced more than $60 million in funding to help Puerto Rico's coastal areas be better prepared for the storms," Biden said on his Twitter profile.

In addition, he said the Biden Administration has announced nearly $700 million in infrastructure investments in Puerto Rico.

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Biden has thus stated that Washington is committed to the island to help it recover from both Hurricane Fiona and other future natural disasters. This announcement is a small part of the general assistance it is willing to provide to the territory, reports DPA agency.

"I am determined to help Puerto Rico build faster than in the past and stronger and better prepared for the future," said the U.S. president.

The president and first lady, Jill Biden, landed at Mercedita International Airport in Ponce, the largest city in the southern region of the island, which suffered a series of devastating earthquakes two years ago and was hit hard by the Fiona floods last month.

During a 15-minute speech, Biden acknowledged the string of natural disasters Puerto Rico has faced in recent years, including Hurricane Maria, which killed thousands of people in 2017 and left residents dealing with difficult living conditions.

"Yet somehow the people of Puerto Rico continue to rise up with resilience and determination," Biden said. "Frankly, it's pretty remarkable when you look at it from afar."

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