Puerto Rico has been battered by Tropical Depression Beta and is now in the midst of a second wave of hurricane-related flooding, prompting President Maria Teresa to order federal aid for the island.
Puerto Ricos Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Monday ordered federal aid be distributed to all of the 1.3 million residents living in the U.S. territory, with an additional 100,000 eligible residents receiving the same aid.
The announcement came in a letter to Congress, which will hold a joint hearing on hurricane relief in Puerto Rico next week.
The Puerto Rican government has already received a total of $17.4 billion in federal aid, more than any other U.A.E. country.
But Rossello said he would ask Congress to authorize more funding.
Puerto Rico was hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Jose, which brought heavy rainfall and coastal flooding to the island in early December.
Puerto Rican officials have warned of long-term damage from the storm, which destroyed nearly half the island’s power grid.