Sending Help To Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria by The 21st published on 2017-09-29T18:11:24Z Puerto Rico is home to 3.4 million American citizens who have all been affected by Hurricane Maria after it made direct landfall. The storm destroyed 80% of Puerto Rico’s power lines. Almost the entire island has no electricity, homes and businesses have been destroyed, and people are in serious need of fresh water and basic supplies. It’s the strongest storm to hit the island in 80 years. We wanted to talk with people here in Illinois who are rallying to send help. We were joined by Cristina Pacione-Zayas, co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda, an umbrella organization of Puerto Rican leaders in the Chicago area, along with Jocelyn Robledo, a senior at the University of Illinois studying political science and Latina/Latino studies, and a member of the student group Mecha de UIUC.