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Hurricane damage harms the most vulnerable, reveals inequality and social divides

By Laura Szczyrba, PhD Student, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario
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When President Donald Trump travelled to Puerto Rico in October 2017, shortly after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, he downplayed the hurricane’s devastation. But his denials over the number of deaths only drew attention to the extent of the disaster — and the social inequalities that contributed to the catastrophe.

Most of the burden had fallen to the poorest and most vulnerable families. The Puerto…

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