Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
It has been three months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and roughly half of the island is still without power.
[i] I would like to bring to your attention the stunning Washington Post story, “Sin Luz: Life
Without Power,” which chronicles the condition of rural communities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The story is a unique compilation of video, photographs, interviews, and text that illuminates the ongoing barriers faced by many communities
on the island as they try to rebuild.
The article explains the “the current blackout in Puerto Rico” as “the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. Power restoration is at a crawl because the grid collapsed, and crews and supplies from the mainland cannot reach the rugged
interior of the island because roads remain impassable.”
The story provides a comprehensive overview of the state of electricity and power, schools, health care, and food security in Puerto Rico. Some of the highlights include:
Infrastructure: Many rural communities are still cut off from food, water, and other supplies because of collapsed bridges.
Health Care: Since the hurricane there have been a surge of deaths from pneumonia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and breathing disorders. The death toll is estimated to be around 1,000.
Schools: Both primary and secondary schools in many communities are still not in session. Teachers have been given the responsibility of cleaning schools and removing debris, but many communities are waiting on engineers to inspect the
building before they can open again.
We must continue to advocate for communities throughout Puerto Rico and the Caribbean who are still rebuilding from Hurricane Maria.
Rosa L. DeLauro
Member of Congress
Link to Washington Post story:
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