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On the morning of Sunday, September 18, 2022, Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico, leaving the Caribbean island without power. The hurricane brought torrential rain triggering catastrophic flooding, washing away and damaging homes, vehicles, and infrastructure, including a bridge constructed after Hurricane Maria five years ago.
The Puerto Rico National Guard rescued dozens of residents caught in high-rising waters. Filtration plants were overwhelmed by flooding and overflowing rivers, bringing concerns about access to clean water. On Sunday, President Biden approved an emergency declaration ordering federal assistance. As Fiona left Puerto Rico on Monday, it strengthened once again before making landfall in the Dominican Republic, then headed towards the islands of Turks and Caicos.
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Note: The Charity Navigator analyst team vets nonprofits selected for inclusion on Hot Topics. For crisis or disaster-related lists such as this, nonprofits must be 3- or 4-Star rated (not Encompass-rated), complete a survey identifying the specific services provided, and have a designated fund for donations aligned directly to the crisis or disaster. Some nonprofits, including those highly rated and well-known, can elect not to submit the required information. As a result, they are not included.