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12 Days After Hurricane, Over Half of Puerto Ricans Lack Clean Water

HeadlineOct 02, 2017

In Puerto Rico, a humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold 12 days after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Over the weekend, the Pentagon said the percentage of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without access to clean drinking water rose to 55 percent. Only 5 percent of the island has electricity, while food and fuel remain scarce and about half of the island’s roads are impassable. This is Miriam Rodríguez, a resident of the city of Caguas.

Miriam Rodríguez: “This is a very disaster. I have no water. And very—I’m not buying food, because I don’t have a generator. My husband has apnea del sueño [sleep apnea]. I don’t know how I get a machine to have some air in my home. But I want to tell my family in Chicago that we’re doing well, but this is very disaster, because this is the first time I’m crying. I haven’t cried for a long time.”

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