FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan

Six months after Hurricane María, 100,000 Puerto Ricans are still in the dark

Six months

The painfully slow process of rebuilding Puerto Rico is yielding some results, but more than 100,000 residents across the island are still living without power.

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FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Six months

Major utilities have come back to the American territory’s denser urban areas, but many rural families still live with no electricity and no running water.

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Six months

According to Albizu University professor Domingo Marqués, an even larger portion of the island’s population is suffering with post-traumatic stress and lingering emotional damage.

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Six months

“You see people anxious, depressed, scared,” Marqués told National Geographic. “[We] shouldn’t try to get back to normal, because things will never be normal again.”

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Six months

Six months after the destruction, some areas are just now seeing construction crews and repair trucks. Nonprofits are also pitching in with critical donations, like an $80,000 mobile solar generator.

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
Six months

US lawmakers also fell short. Not only did Congress shortchange Puerto Rico nearly $80 billion in aid, increasing suicide rates and a mass exodus are crippling the island’s future.

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