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Here's What The Neighborhood From The "Despacito" Video Looks Like After Hurricane Maria

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have called on fans to donate to help Puerto Rico after the devastating storm.

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The brightly colored Puerto Rican neighborhood of La Perla has had a big year since it served as the music video location for the smash hit "Despacito."

The video, which has been viewed more than 3 billion times on YouTube, sees musicians Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee dancing with locals through the streets of the San Juan neighborhood.

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The unprecedented popularity of "Despacito," which is now the most-streamed song of all time, even translated into something of a tourist boom for La Perla.

But, like the rest of Puerto Rico, La Perla was threatened this week by Hurricane Maria. On Tuesday, a Getty photographer captured photos of grey skies over the colorful neighborhood.

After strengthening into one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, the storm finally made landfall early Wednesday morning in Puerto Rico as a dangerous Category 4, bringing with it gusts as high as 155 mph.


"Hurricane Maria has completely devastated Puerto Rico. We absolutely need your support," Fonsi said, urging fans to donate to the fundraising effort led by the island's first lady.

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Rapper Daddy Yankee is also using his concerts in New York and Chicago to collect donations and supplies for those on the island.

#NYC thank you! We don't stop . Let's rebuild #PuertoRico ! 🙏🏻 to the local heroes! And the community ! #Chicago we…

Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico said Friday that at least 13 people had died in the storm, with reports of "complete devastation of vulnerable housing." More rain on the island is expected to cause further mudslides, surges, and flooding.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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