PUERTO RICO’S GOVERNOR SETS GOAL TO RESTORE ISLAND’S POWER BY DECEMBER

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has set a goal of December 15th to have power restored to at least 95% of the island. The plan is to have 30% restored by the end of this month and 50% by the end of November. At the moment only 15% of Puerto Rico has electricity following the Hurricane Maria.

 “This is an aggressive agenda but we cannot be sort of passive in the face of Puerto Rico’s challenges. We are going to need all hands on deck.” – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

Current State of the Recovery: 

  •  Authorities initially estimated it would take 6 months to a year to get Puerto Rico’s power grid, which was already in disrepair, up and running.
  • FEMA says 19,000 military and civilian rescue workers are in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, per NBC.
  • The death toll in Puerto Rico has risen to 48, with residents killed both directly by the storm and by exposure to contaminated water in the weeks since, per AP.
  • As of Saturday, 64% of the island has access to clean water, NBC reports.

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