Puerto Rico: Grassroots / Mutual Support
Hurricane Fiona Emergency Response
On September 18th, Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico, unleashing torrential rains and causing catastrophic flooding as well as landslides across the archipelago. The full extent of the damage is still unclear, but many roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged or washed away. A large proportion of the population is still without clean water and there is an archipelago-wide power outage with no clear timelines of when the electricity grid will be restored. The brunt of the storm's impact hit areas in the southwestern part of the island where 3,600 homes are still covered by blue tarps from Hurricane Maria 5 years ago, and where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck in December 2018.