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Roughly 1,800 caskets are still waiting to be reinterred after Hurricane Maria passed over Puerto Rico in 2017, triggering a landslide that broke hundreds of tombs, NPR reported.
“My father is in there. My grandmother is in there,” Giovanni Ramirez Santiago told NPR. “The town can’t take this anymore.”
Puerto - Ricans - Friends - Relatives - Graveyard
Most Puerto Ricans with friends and relatives entombed in the graveyard do not know whether their loved ones’ graves are part of those damaged and left in disrepair. More residents are complaining and demanding access to the tombs.
“We want to fix them up, take them flowers,” José Luis Rivera López, whose parents and sister are buried in the cemetery, told NPR. “But we can’t. If we cross the fence, they’ll arrest us.”
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Even with aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Puerto Rico’s government has struggled to repair, or even...
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