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Puerto Rico Hit With Another Island Wide Blackout

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

Puerto Rico was hit with another island wide power outage, according to a Wednesday report.

The island, still struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria, is now experiencing electrical blackouts across the small territory, The Associated Press reported.

Puerto Rico also experienced a power blackout last week caused by a fallen tree on a power line, which left about 870,000 people without power. Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage to the island’s electrical grid and infrastructure.

About 100,000 people are still without power seven months after the hurricane’s devastation.

“At this point, we are so helpless and hopeless,” a San Juan resident said of last week’s power outage. “We still have so many people exposed to suffering, displacement and trauma that two hours without power is like a reminder that the problem is nowhere near to be fixed. We have just learned to live with it.”

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