Hurricane Maria recently pounded through the northeastern Caribbean, causing widespread destruction in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and its closest neighbors. Puerto Rico was left almost entirely without electricity, and many roads were impassable, leading to fuel and water shortages.
Traveling to Puerto Rico on October 3, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump toured some of the hardest-hit areas and met with emergency personnel, storm survivors, and military and government officials who are helping Puerto Ricans to make repairs. The president thanked “these incredible people, from the military to FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], to first responders,” for their relief efforts.
“The whole team has been amazing,” he said. The president pledged continued assistance from federal agencies and from the U.S. military. “You can be very proud of all your people, all of our people working together,” he told Puerto Rican officials.
Following are images that highlight the damage done by Hurricane Maria, and the ongoing relief work in Puerto Rico.
A helping hand
After the deluge
On the ground
ShareAmerica staff writer Lauren Monsen contributed to this photo gallery.