Produced by Gianpaolo Pietri
April 24, 2019
18 Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Still Struggling
Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria which struck the Caribbean island in September 2017, and many residents blame both the local government for being ineffective and also Washington for not providing enough resources to the U.S. Commonwealth. A $13 billion disaster aid package is stalled in Congress because of a dispute between Democrats and President Donald Trump. Gianpaolo Pietri reports from San Juan on the efforts to rebuild.
February 19, 2018
Puerto Ricans Finding Innovative Ways to Cope Without Electricity
Many Puerto Ricans are still struggling to cope without electricity, months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid for the Caribbean island. With some 40 percent of Puerto Rico still affected, people are coming up with ever more innovative ways to live without power along with other basic services such as clean water and Internet access. Gianpaolo Pietri reports on the efforts of one young couple, who give new meaning to the concept of self-reliance.
February 06, 2018
40 Percent of Puerto Rico Residents Still Without Power 4 Months After Hurricane
Four months after Hurricane Maria destroyed most of Puerto Rico’s crumbling electric grid, close to 40 percent of the U.S. island territory’s citizens still don’t have power. It's unclear when service will be fully restored but experts say, without a new system, Puerto Rico's energy future will remain in serious jeopardy. Gianpaolo Pietri reports for VOA.
October 28, 2017
Whitefish Controversy Threatens to Derail Efforts to Restore Power to Puerto Rico
US politicians have begun demanding closer scrutiny of $300 million contract awarded less than week after the hurricane to company based in US state of Montana that had only two full-time employees at the time of the storm