Massive power outages and damaged roads preventing the delivery of critical supplies have seriously slowed recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, first responders and government officials must act swiftly to assess damage and begin the recovery process. Unfortunately, recovery efforts are made all the more difficult when major public infrastructure suffers significant damage.
That’s exactly why Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria has been such a challenge. Months after the hurricane made landfall, power is still out in many areas, wi-fi and mobile communications are spotty at best, and ruined roads are preventing relief workers from delivering clean water, medicine, and other critical supplies. As a result, the humanitarian supply chain has been completely disrupted, leaving Puerto Rico increasingly desperate for aid.