HURRICANE MARIA 2017
UPDATED FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 12:28 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries responded to areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
On Monday, September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm, with winds of up to 160 MPH. Overnight on Tuesday, September 19, Hurricane Maria battered St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and then made landfall on Wednesday, September 20 in the southeastern part of Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 storm, with winds up to 155 MPH.
Puerto Rico was already heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma, and most of the island was left without power as a result of the storm.
We shipped more than 32 containers of aid to Puerto Rico for victims of Hurricane Maria. The shipments included relief items such as safety and clean-up supplies, bottled water, tarps, and blankets. We continued long-term recovery and rebuilding projects in the Leeward Islands, as well.
Our Disaster Response advance team departed for Puerto Rico on October 9, 2017, in response to Hurricane Maria. Over the course of a few weeks, they were followed by additional teams of medical professionals. Together, they set up clinics and provided medical care to approximately 900 patients throughout communities recovering from the hurricane. The team also conducted product distributions, providing approximately 10,000 people with desperately-needed relief supplies.
This was a long-term relief effort and Matthew 25 will continue shipping aid as long as there is a need.
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