03.21.2018

6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has a suicide crisis and a housing shortage

6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has a suicide crisis and a housing shortage Erika Rodríguez/The Washington Post via Getty Images

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph winds plowed through Puerto Rico, leaving the island severely crippled and desperate for help.

The storm — which knocked out all power and most cellphone service — was the worst disaster ever to hit the Caribbean island, home to 3.4 million American citizens.

The island is still a long way from recovery. Federal workers there are still in emergency mode: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still distributing food and water supplies; the Army Corps of Engineers is still picking up hurricane debris and installing blue roofs on damaged homes.

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