Puerto Rico’s power plants are struggling to recover from a series of strong earthquakes that have shocked the island over the past few weeks, killing one person and injuring nine others.
Authorities said last week that it could take up to a year to fix one of the island’s largest power plants, which provides around a quarter of Puerto Rico’s electricity, after it was damaged in a 6.4-magnitude quake on Tuesday.
While officials say power has been restored to around 80 percent of customers, the quakes represent another challenge to the beleaguered and bankrupt Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, which has been tangled in a series of scandals and faced harsh criticism in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
“The power system is the worst,” Antonia Cortés of Ponce, who has not had electricity or running water since Tuesday, told the New York Times. “It’s like they hold it together with bubble gum.”