February 23, 2018 / 6:28 PM / 6 months ago

Trump extends funding for Puerto Rico following storms: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended federal funding for Puerto Rico to help remove debris and provide emergency protections following last year’s devastating storms that battered the U.S. territorial island.

FILE PHOTO - Houses damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria stand at the squatter community of Villa Hugo in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

In a statement, the White house said federal funding for debris removal would last for another 90 days, while federal funds for emergency protective measures would be extended for 60 days.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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