Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief

Puerto Rico Monkey Island

A group collecting supplies for the people in Puerto Rico are asking for help from you.

The islands were devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma with countless homes destroyed, the power grid leveled and millions struggling to obtain food and water.

The group is called Tostonazo and is made up of local Puerto Ricans living in Houston.

After the Category 5 hurricane made a direct hit on Puerto Rico and ravaged the island for over 30 hours, USA aid has been slow in developing.

Preemptive disaster relief strategies such as resource pre-positioning proved to be insufficient as the catastrophic event destroyed much of Puerto Rico's infrastructure.

"The needs of those people when they get here to NY are going to be significant".

"I think with the unity of everyone here, everyone trying to help out I think we will build back as long as we do it together", said Rafael Ruiz of Sayreville.

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The governor said he will reiterate to a congressional delegation visiting Puerto Rico today the need for urgent action, due to the magnitude of the challenges.

New York State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman said the department stands ready to help districts, facing a wave of new students, and is prepared to support students and their families in resuming the school year with as little interruption as possible.

According to the NGO, almost 60 percent of children in Puerto Rico live below the poverty line.

The officers will travel to the island in three waves for two weeks each.

"In Puerto Rico, I understand, it's just gone, the infrastructure is gone", King said.

MA police officers are lending a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Maria.

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