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Lin-Manuel Miranda pleads for more attention in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said Friday that Puerto Rico was still in emergency mode, with his own family describing dire conditions after Hurricane Fiona.

“It was 112 degrees yesterday. Nearly a week later, my family in Puerto Rico still doesn’t have running water or electricity,” Miranda told CNBC in an interview at The Attitude conference. San Diego.

The man behind the hits “Hamilton”, “In the Heights” and “Encanto” was a defender of the island where he still has family. After Hurricane Maria, the Broadway star helped raise money for the arts by partnering with American Express and bringing “Hamilton” to the island.

Manuel Miranda delivers food to victims of Hurricane Maria at La Placita de Guisin on November 7, 2017 in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

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In a Washington Post op-ed, Miranda said businesses came forward to help after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Today, he calls on businesses and the arts to invest directly in Puerto Rico as the island struggles to recover from its second major hurricane. in just five years, earthquakes and the pandemic.

Lin-Manuel Miranda pleads for more attention in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Miranda, who has been critical of the federal response to Hurricane Maria, said he’s pleased President Joe Biden has taken action, but more needs to be done.

“The fact that Biden signed on Sunday night for an emergency, I mean, already, that’s a world of difference from where we were in the previous administration where there was nothing but falsehood about the amount of money that goes to the island, gushed by the president,” Miranda said.

A member of the Puerto Rico National Guard wades through water looking for people to save flooded streets in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, September 19, 2022.

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Miranda said funds he helped raise for the Hispanic Federation paid for infrastructure improvements that helped some facilities. For example, solar panels in some medical centers helped maintain electricity following Fiona, when much of the island lost power.

“I think that doubles the need to build a more resilient vehicle that can withstand and adapt to climate emergencies,” Miranda said.


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