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3-Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Around 85% Of Puerto Rico Still Lacks Power

3-weeks after Hurricane Maria, around 85% of Puerto Rico still lacks power according to the Los Angeles Times. (photo credit: NOAA Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria/ public domain)

3-weeks after Hurricane Maria, around 85% of Puerto Rico still lacks power according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tens of thousands of islanders left for the U.S. mainland to escape the immediate aftermath of the storm. With conditions back home still grim — about 85% of residents still lack electricity and 40% are without running water, and neither is expected to be fully restored for months — many find themselves scrambling to build new lives away from the island.

Puerto Rican officials say that it will take months before electricity and clean water will be restored to all of the island.

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