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Orlando airport relief center for Hurricane Maria evacuees will close this month

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The disaster relief center set up at Orlando International Airport in October to help Hurricane Maria evacuees will be closing on Dec. 29.

Since the center’s opening on Oct. 3, thousands of people from Puerto Rico and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. Virgin Islands, have flown to Florida because of deplorable living conditions left in the wake of Maria. More than 239,000 people have flown from Puerto Rico to Florida through major airports in Tampa, Miami and Orlando in that time period, according to the latest numbers from the state emergency management division. The center has provided help to more than 28,000 people, of which 6,000 came directly from arriving flights, according to press release from the airport. Florida Gov. Rick Scott directed relief centers to open in the Orlando airport as well as Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami cruise terminal.

“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is pleased to have been able to compassionately serve those who have been affected greatly in the wake of Hurricane Maria by hosting the disaster relief center at Orlando International Airport,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of GOAA, in a statement. “The Aviation Authority appreciates Governor Rick Scott and his team for their leadership as well as the support of all the community partners who made this endeavor so successful.”

The disaster relief center provided a myriad of helpful resources to evacuees from governmental agencies and nonprofits such as emergency shelter, job referrals, health services,…

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