when Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sunday, It caused a devastating landslide and knocked out the power grid, 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 assessing on the ground what the real needs of the people on the islands are,” said López, who is associated with the organization. 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 approved an emergency declaration Sunday 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, causing more than two feet of rain in some places, causing landslides and destroying homes,” Miranda said. wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday,
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 acquired by a private company.Luma Energy, which said it was equipped to handle only 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.”
Actor Zoe Saldana and other celebrities including singers Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony took to social media to urge people to help as well, as of today,
“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.
“Puerto Rico, once again we are facing another hard blow from Mother Nature, but as we have done before, we are going to rise up with more strength and courage,” Martin Said in Spanish in an Instagram video, “I know that together we will make our island shine as bright as ever.”