The executive director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3, for its acronym in English) of Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chavez, estimated this Friday at 200 million dollars the damages caused by the earthquakes that shake the Caribbean island since the last December 28.
Chavez clarified that it is only a preliminary figure and that we will still have to wait for definitive data, since the evaluation is still underway.
The official further stressed that damaged homes in the southwestern area of Puerto Rico rise to 800, although more detailed information will also have to be expected once government and federal agencies carry out studies to determine the actual extent of homes affected by the eartquakes.
Chavez released these data during a press conference with the governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, in which it was advanced that people who do not have property titles of their homes -because they are structures built without permits – can also benefit from aid for the victims.
It was also announced that the Education, Arts and Culture, and Public Safety commissions of the House of Representatives began to analyze the processes carried out by the Department of Education (DE) to inspect and certify schools for the tremors that shake the island.
The Government, in fear of the parents, has insisted that the schools of Puerto Rico will not open their doors until all the centers are inspected by structural engineers who approve the return to the classes.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, signed on Thursday a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico due to the earthquakes that shake the island and especially by the earthquake of January 7, of magnitude 6.4, cause of damage to homes and up to 8,000 refugees.