How Puerto Rico is recovering from Hurricane Maria


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Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, was among the worst-hit islands. Already struggling with a $70 billion debt crisis, it was particularly vulnerable to the hurricane because of a long-term lack of investment in infrastructure. Its status as a territory whose population are U.S. citizens but aren’t represented in the Senate, adds another dimension.

The rebuilding effort has been long and chaotic compared with American cities devastated during the hurricane season. Several activist organizations on the island see the slow recovery as indicative of their territorial status, and an uncaring administration in Washington.

Getting the Lights Back On

The lack of electricity on the island has been the most glaring issue. The New York Times reported that over half of Puerto Rico remained without electricity three months since Maria hit.

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Cleaning the water

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