Nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed island’s power grid, Puerto Rico has suffered an island-wide blackout.
The US territory’s power authority ‘Prepa’ was working to restore service to almost 3.4 million people within 24 to 36 hours.
Prepa further said an excavator run by a contractor in the southern region of the island triggered the blackout. The recent blackout is largest disruption to hit the island’s recovery efforts.
A Prepa spokesperson reported that they are prioritizing returning power to hospitals, water pumping systems San Juan’s airport, and financial systems.
The power authority has also been in bankruptcy since last July. It has struggled to stay out of the headlines after the island hit in September by the worst storm in 90 years.
Moreover, multiple blackouts occurred after Category 4 Maria. Still, 40,000 people were without power at the time of Wednesday’s blackout.
Cynthia Garcia Coll, a professor at Carlos Albizu University in San Juan also said:
“Seven months after Maria, we are back where Maria left us”.
According to research consultancy the Rhodium Group Hurricane, Maria caused the largest blackout in US history.
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