Mayor Eric Adams traveled from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic on Sunday evening and met with local officials and aid groups on Monday in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.
Adams began his visit on Monday in the capital Santo Domingo, before traveling to some of the areas of the country most affected by the hurricane, such as the cities of La Romana and San Rafael de Yuma.
On Sunday evening, the mayor met with Dominican Republic president Luis Abinader to “discuss recovery efforts,” according to a social media message from the mayor’s office.
On Monday, the mayor, along with members of the SOMOS Community Care group, distributed food, building materials and other necessary supplies to residents affected by the storm, according to another social media post from the mayor’s office.
“I worked with @SOMOSCare during the height of # COVID19 when I was Brooklyn borough president. Now we’re back together on the ground in the Dominican Republic,” Adams wrote in another social media post.
– Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) September 26, 2022
In the afternoon, the mayor would return to New York City.
The visit to the Dominican Republic took place after the mayor met Governor Pedro Pierluisi in Puerto Rico, with representatives of FEMA, the emergency management agency; with the mayor of San Juan and visit some areas affected by Fiona.
The island suffers from a lack of electricity, with only 55 percent of the population receiving the service, and in the more remote cities it is still lacking.