A young parader covers her face at the end a school Christmas parade on December 21 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. While the official death toll from the massive storm remains at 64, The New York Times recently reported the actual toll for the storm and its aftermath likely stands at more than 1,000. Puerto Rico's governor has ordered a recount as the holiday season approaches.

A young parader covers her face at the end a school Christmas parade on December 21 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. While the official death toll from the massive storm remains at 64, The New York Times recently reported the actual toll for the storm and its aftermath likely stands at more than 1,000. Puerto Rico's governor has ordered a recount as the holiday season approaches.

When the skies cleared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the island was left in almost total darkness. The storm took the lives of 66 people … but more than 1,000 have died in the days and months since the island’s worst natural disaster on record.

Many of the fatalities include residents over 50 years old who were hospitalized or lived in nursing homes due to age and illness — a stark comparison to the death toll from the same period of time in 2016.

As the news cycle has largely moved on from the plight of Puerto Rico, how are Americans on the island dealing with the process of rebuilding communities and caring for people who need special resources to survive? And what level of aid is the federal government providing for a U.S. territory in need?

We check in on Puerto Rico.

Guests

  • Arelis Hernández Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Julio Ricardo Varela Co-host, "In The Thick"; contributor, Latino USA
  • Yarimar Bonilla Professor of anthropology and Caribbean studies, Rutgers University; author, Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment
  • Tim Padgett Americas Editor, WLRN

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