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Puerto Rico Keeping Track of Progress in Getting Infrastructure Back Online

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 01:15 PM

The government of Puerto Rico has created a site to keep track of how the repairs to the island's infrastructure are going since the island was struck by a hurricane.

Repairs are steady but slow, according to Philip Bump in The Washington Post.

The Spanish language site status.pr reported that 11.6 percent of cell towers are back up and running, but cell service is at 40 percent. That number was at 30.5 percent on Sept. 29, according to the Post.

Only 6.89 percent of the island has electricity, according to the Puerto Rico site. That amount was 5 percent on Sept. 29, the Post reported.

That small amount of electric services means many locations cannot accept credit cards, which means people must rely on ATMs to get cash for groceries and other needs.

The Puerto Rico site reports that 27 percent of the island's ATMs are functioning, which means long lines to obtain cash.

Supermarkets are reopening, with 65 percent of them operational, compared to only 49 percent of them being open on Sept. 29, according to the Post.

Gas stations are also coming back online, with 74 percent of them online, compared to 61 percent on Sept. 29. However, the Post reported that "operational" means that the station has received at least one delivery of gas since the hurricane, which could have lasted just a few hours.

The access to water has declined, also due to the lack of electricity, since pumps need electric power, the Post reported.

Water in the northern region of Puerto Rico was at 25.5 percent on Sept. 29, but is now at 13 percent. However, in the metro region, 48.8 percent had water on Sept. 29, but now that number is at 57.6 percent.

A fraction of commercial flights were available, with just over one-fourth — 26 percent — of flights in Puerto Rico operational as of Monday, according to the Post. As of Tuesday, that number was down to 24 percent, according to the Puerto Rico site.

President Donald Trump arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. He jokingly chastised the island for putting resources in jeopardy. "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack," Trump said. 

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