September 26, 2017
Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she has donated $1
million in aid to the Puerto Rico recovery effort, following the devastating
effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
In a video on her Instagram, Lopez said she will source the money from her Las Vegas residency shows, reports theguardian.com.
She is co-chairing the New York state recovery effort, and announced her donation at a press conference on September 24 alongside New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who had just returned from the island.
They announced a scheme that encourages New York residents to donate goods, and aims to provide healthcare support.
Having already been battered by Hurricane Irma, on September 20 the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to reach Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, with winds of 155mph and more than 20 inches of rain. It left the island's 3.5 million residents without power, a situation that could take months to rectify. The death toll currently stands at 10, but is expected to rise.