Sunday, December 31, 2017
REPORT: Over Half Million Puerto Ricans Are Still Without Electricity And Thousands Still Have No Drinkable Water
The government of Puerto Rico reported on Friday that months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island only 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s roughly 1.5 million customers have power.
That’s is a measly 5 percent increase from the 50 percent reported in November and a far cry from the October promise to have restored power for 95 percent of the island.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated the island will not have full restoration until May.
The US-territories power company has blamed the snail's pace progress is in part due to a lack of equipment and supplies in their efforts.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that restoration is further complicated by rough terrain and an aging infrastructure.
The lack of power has also delayed a proper accounting of the islands mortality rates which, according to The New York Times report estimating that, could be as high as 1,052.
Trump's Department of Public Safety’s still has the "official" count at 64, and of course his early-October brag that the island "can be very proud" that they have only had 16 deaths.
Adding to the woes caused by a lack of power the Washington Post cited a Refugees International report claiming that thousands of people still lack sustainable access to potable water and dry, safe places to sleep.
Trump, who famously said the disaster was not a “real catastrophe like Katrina,” might have to re-access the grade of A+ that he gave himself for his response to the damage wrought by hurricane Maria and start thinking about how to address the devastation the storm left in it's path.