SAN JOSE, Calif.
— Hurricane Harvey hit Puerto Rico and Florida on Wednesday and has left tens of thousands of people without power, with the death toll expected to reach 5,000, the U.S. territory’s governor said.
Governor Ricardo Rosselló has ordered a $2.5 billion aid package to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastating devastation of the storm.
The U.N. is offering $2 billion in humanitarian assistance, while the World Food Program has promised $1.5 million.
Rosselló said the hurricane has created a financial burden of nearly $600 billion, and the island is struggling to get its economy back on track.
He said the U.”s response to the hurricane is a matter of life and death for all of us.”
Rossello said that the U”s failure to act now will lead to disaster and the loss of billions of dollars in future reconstruction and recovery efforts.”
Rossello says he is working with Congress to provide assistance to Puerto Rico for the next few months, as well as to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricanes Harvey and Maria hit Puerto Ricans homes and devastated their economy, as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
In Puerto Rico, the island’s largest, the economy is expected to take a hit as the islands government is still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated its electrical grid.
“The U,”s response is a question of life, and it is a life and sacrifice for our people,” Rossellosaid in a press conference with President Donald Trump.
Rossellos comments come days after he said the government has not yet received the necessary assistance from the federal government to provide needed assistance to people in Puerto Rico.
On Thursday, Rossells office said the first aid package was to be delivered to the U’s financial institution in San Juan, which is responsible for Puerto Rico’s $3.8 billion bond obligation.
It is unclear how much aid the government will receive.
Puerto Rico was hit hard by Hurricane Irma, with more than 30 deaths and destruction of homes and other property in the U,s territory, where more than 3.5m people are living on less than $2 a day.