Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Time: After Maria, recovery in Puerto Rico is slow

Recently we passed the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage across Puerto Rico. The number of deaths from the storm, many after the storm passed, has recently been updated to almost 3,000 deaths, including many who died afterwards from lack of electricity to run medical devices, heat, diseases, and lack of water. Time magazine did a story this week on how residents there are coping with the recovery process, which is exceedingly slow. It took almost a year for power to be returned to much of the island. This will be a lesson for those who are experiencing the continuing flooding from Hurricane Florence, because even if power is restored more quickly there than in Puerto Rico, the time to recover is going to take months and maybe years for those affected by the rising water. You can read the story and see images here.

Plantain trees flattened by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, P.R. In a matter of hours, the storm destroyed about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico, the territory’s agriculture secretary said. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times