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Recovery in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria in Slow Motion

San Juan, October 25 (RHC)-- In Puerto Rico, less than 10 percent of the island’s public schools were able to resume classes on Tuesday -- now more than one month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.  Of the schools that were able to reopen, most had no electricity or Internet access. 

On Tuesday, Congress approved a $36.5 billion emergency spending plan to fund the recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  The spending plan gives Puerto Rico access to $4.9 billion in loans.  The plan also gives billions to FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program. 

At least 80 percent of Puerto Rico still has no electricity, and about a quarter of the island still lacks clean drinking water.  There are dozens of suspected cases of the leptospirosis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by contact with water contaminated by animal urine.  Authorities are investigating whether four deaths were caused by the disease. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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