As Trump Attacks John McCain On Twitter, Puerto Rico Faces Months Without Power

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated U.S. territory of around 3.5 million people, faces months without electricity according to the New York Times.

Puerto Rico, an island of 3.5 million people and an unincorporated U.S. territory faces months without electricity according to the New York Times.

Two days after Hurricane Maria flattened this island of 3.5 million people, knocking out all its power and much of its water, the rebuilding of the services and structures needed for people to resume some semblance of ordinary life was looking more complicated by the day. The most immediate danger was from the dam, which suffered structural damage. And finding gasoline was already a big problem. Lines for ice and gas stretched for blocks. Generators needed diesel or regular gas to work, and supplies at gas stations were quickly dwindling. “This is really affecting me,” said Nina Rodriguez, a human resources manager in San Juan. “I have four children and the youngest is 6 months old. We are preparing for six months, maybe even a year without power.” She added: “All the infrastructure has collapsed. Everything we had before the hurricane is beyond reach.”

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