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Puerto Rico Recovery Story

Gray Wasson

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Left in shambles, Puerto Rico has had to use necessary survival skills after Hurricane Maria brought total destruction to the country. As of October 24, the country is still lacking the sufficient supplies that they desperately need, such as food, water, electricity and medicine.

Without proper electricity and with so many civilians left injured by the storm, surgeries have been conducted with only light from a cellphone. Photos of incidents like these have been going viral on social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Another problem that the power outage has caused is water sanitation. Water treatment plants across the country all run on electricity, and without power there are not any easy ways to provide a stable source of clean water.

In a desperate attempt to regain a stable power source, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority offered a small electricity company in Montana a $300 million contract to reconstruct 100 miles of power lines across the country. Since this deal seemed unbelievable and, frankly, corrupt, the contract was essentially voided.

Although most of the country is without power, some areas have been able to regain a stable source, and some US companies are joining the efforts. “Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan’s Hospital del Niño,” NPR reported on Wednesday, October 25. The company has plans to set up many solar and battery power stations across the country in the near future.

There are also many relief funds that have been working to help Puerto Rico, such as UNICEF and the American Red Cross. Many famous figures have pitched in great amounts of money to the funds, as well. Kim Kardashian tweeted that she donated to the cause: “I will be donating to Puerto Rico and help them get the food & water they desperately need.” Singer Jennifer Lopez also donated $1 million to the relief funds. People still wanting to help out the desperate country can go to one of the foundations listed here.

 

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