The rest of the world is only beginning to grasp the enormity of the devastation on the island, where it could take months, if not years, to recover.
“The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I can’t deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago. The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island’s greenery is gone.”
Here’s what the recovery looks like (so far), by the numbers:
It’s been a full seven days since Hurricane Maria slammed into southeastern Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Monday theofficial death count from the hurricane has edged up to 16. That’s likely to increase as recovery efforts continue.
11,437 In Shelters
As of Tuesday, 11,437 people were still living in shelters on the island. That’s a decrease of only about 1,000 people since last Wednesday, when 12,500 people crammed into shelters to ride out the storm itself, suggesting that only 8.5 percent of those who sought shelter now have a habitable home or other accommodations to return to.
80 Percent Loss
Hurricane Maria destroyed 80 percent of the value of Puerto Rico’s agricultural industry at an estimated loss of $780 million, The New York Times reports. Banana, plantain and coffee crops were hit the hardest, with entire plantations completely razed.
Of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals, only11 currently…