Dec 29, 2017

Where things stand in Puerto Rico, 100 days after Hurricane Maria

Mother Isamar holds her baby Saniel, 9 months, at their makeshift home. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

It's been 100 days since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and the island is still struggling to return to normal.

Why it matters: Many citizens still have no power, and the government is having trouble identifying all of those killed by the hurricane. Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, criticized President Trump this week for being "disrespectful to the Puerto Rican people," and called him the "disaster-in-chief."

Here's where things stand in Puerto Rico, according to FEMA and Puerto Rico's government site:

  • 96% of the island has water.
  • Almost 70% of the island has electricity. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said electricity won't be fully restored until May, most likely.
  • 88% of gas stations were open as of today.
  • 8% of supermarkets are still closed.
  • There are still 392 people seeking shelter, and 24 shelters open and operating.
  • There are 3,039 FEMA personnel operating on the ground, and 15,000 civilian and military personnel.
  • All airports and federally maintained ports are open.
  • All hospitals are open.
  • More than 168,000 Puerto Ricans have fled to Florida, the New York Times reports.

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