OCT. 9, 2017 Things Are Still Really Bad in Puerto Rico

The island is still struggling to get basics like food, water, and power.(photo) Roberto Figueroa Caballero sits on a small table in his home that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in La Perla neighborhood on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 5, 2017. Ramon Espinosa/AP

Weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, conditions on the island remain precarious for its 3.4 million residents.

Water, food, and gasoline remain in high demand. FEMA reports that only 56% of residents have access to potable water in their homes, causing many to rely on bottled water and unsafe collection methods.

Weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, conditions on the island remain precarious for its 3.4 million residents.

Water, food, and gasoline remain in high demand. FEMA reports that only 56% of residents have access to potable water in their homes, causing many to rely on bottled water and unsafe collection methods.

A damaged electrical grid has left 88.3% of customers without power. Though most hospitals are open, many are using unreliable generators that could leave medical professionals without electricity in the blink of an eye.

Supplies, medical services, and other relief materials are being distributed from ten staging areas around the island established by Governor Ricardo Rossello

While the short-term challenges faced by Puerto Rico pose enormous logistical problems, the long-term project of rebuilding the island’s infrastructure looms large over the heads of many officials.

Several private companies have stepped up to aid these efforts including Alphabet, which recently received FCC approval to launch a number of telecommunications balloons around the island in order to revive cell service for residents.

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