Series

Fiona aggravates the disaster in Puerto Rico

25 de septiembre 2022

Resumen

On the fifth anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane María, Puerto Rico woke up with a new catastrophe whose dimension remains to be seen after Hurricane Fiona landfall.

In the mountains, river overflows, landslides, and road sinkholes were the reason for most of the calls for help. In some cases, the response came from the government and in others, from relatives, friends, or neighbors who, desperate, decided to act due to the imminent life risks they saw.

The rain accumulation up in the mountains produced an extraordinary current that caused many rivers to overflow, but also caused rivers and reservoirs to overflow, and on their way to the ocean, flooded residential and commercial areas in several municipalities.

Follow CPI coverage of the socio-environmental disaster and the oversight of the recovery process here.

Historias en la serie

Poor Conditions of Bridges in Puerto Rico Raise Doubts on Ability to Withstand Future Cyclones

October 27, 2022

The Department of Transportation and Public Works informed that 16 bridges suffered damage after Hurricane Fiona struck, but a Center for Investigative Journalism investigation found that this number is wrong and that, from those 16, nine bridges had their strength and stability seriously or severely affected prior to the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico on September 18.

LUMA Doesn’t Follow Its Own Emergency Plan

October 7, 2022

In the Bauta Abajo sector in Orocovis, in the central mountainous region, there are no power lines or poles on the ground. But 12 days after Hurricane Fiona, which produced devastating floods in southwestern Puerto Rico on September 18, the 1,308 people who live in this neighborhood are battling a storm of isolation and lack of electricity.

Digital Platform Would Expedite Puerto Rico’s Death Count and Record-keeping, Government Says

September 30, 2022

The tool is not yet working to its total capacity because hospitals have not completed the training. About 50% of the information on deaths is still collected manually.

No Solutions to Prevent Blockages in Irrigation Channels During Severe Floods in Puerto Rico

September 29, 2022

Communities around the irrigation channels, whose conditions worsened due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona, will continue to be at risk because there are no immediate solutions to prevent obstructions during extraordinary rainfall events, experts and the government of Puerto Rico told the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish). Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) set aside $62 million in Hurricane María recovery funds for permanent work projects for this network of irrigation channels, the process is still in the design stage, one of the steps required by the federal agency to allocate the funds and, eventually, disburse them. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) submitted three permanent works projects to FEMA in October 2021 for the three irrigation districts it manages in Patillas in the South, Isabela in the North and Lajas in the southwestern coast. These structures belonged to the former Puerto Rico Water Resources Authority (PRWRA), created in 1941 to manage the reservoirs used for electricity generation. Irrigation channels are part of that system and now provide water for agriculture in those areas.

Hurricane Shelters Without Water and Electricity Don’t Comply With the Law

September 27, 2022

Hurricane Fiona’s first gusts were barely blowing when dozens of mayors had to improvise solutions. When they arrived at the locations that the government of Puerto Rico certified as shelters, they found they had no water tanks or power generators. At that time, a copy of Act 88 sat on a desk.

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