Could you imagine trying to live in Arizona without electricity? There’d be no air conditioning, no refrigeration to keep your milk and other perishables cold, and no lights to turn on at night!
Survivors of Hurricane Maria continue to struggle on the ravaged island of Puerto Rico, despite massive efforts by relief agencies and all levels of government to get the necessities to where they’re needed.
With 155 mph winds and torrential rain, Hurricane Maria slammed the island, which is a U.S. territory about 1,000 miles southeast of the tip of Florida, on the morning of Sept. 20.
This Category 4 hurricane was the first to hit Puerto Rico since 1932.
Just two weeks earlier, a less intense Hurricane Irma also hit the island.
Hurricane Maria was incredibly destructive—tearing apart Puerto Rico’s eletrical grid plus its water, transportation and communications systems. The official death toll from the hurricane was 16 as of press time, but the government there is scrambling and hadn’t updated that number in almost a week.
In all, the massive hurricane killed 69 people in the places that it hit and did $40–85 billion in damage, mostly done to Puerto Rico.
Food, bottled water, hygiene supplies, clothing, bedding and other necessities continue arriving from the United States and other places, but relief workers are having a really hard time delivering those desperately needed PROVISIONS with so much of the island’s infrastructure in shambles.
Also as of press time, only about a quarter of Puerto Ricans had access to running water, about a third had cell phone service, gasoline and diesel fuel continued to be hard to get. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló estimated that a quarter of Puerto Rico should have eletricity by the end of October.
President Donald Trump flew in to see the damage and relief efforts on Tuesday, Oct. 3.