Despite President Trump’s repeated claims that his administration is doing a “great” job in Puerto Rico, the number of residents without electricity continues to increase 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory.
According to Puerto Rico’s official government website status.pr, just 9 percent of the island’s 3.4 million U.S. citizens have electricity as of Friday afternoon, a decrease of about four percent from earlier this morning.
9% of Puerto Rico has electricity
Earlier this morning it was 13%
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 13, 2017
According to the Washinton Post, Energy Department officials said workers faced a major setback on Wednesday: A transmission line connecting power plants in San Juan and Palo tripped Tuesday afternoon, causing a third of residents who regained power to lose it again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that the outage could cause drug shortages. Puerto Rico manufactures nearly 10 percent of medicine used by Americans, including numerous medical devices.
The number of people with electricity in Puerto Rico fell to 9% today.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) October 13, 2017
63.20% of Puerto Ricans had access to clean drinking water as of Friday afternoon.