Oxfam and our partners are assisting some of Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities to restore and improve their water systems—and to be sure that women have a strong voice in the way things work.
After Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico, and families struggled to endure without power or water for months, women shouldered more of the burden.
When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017, the trail of destruction stretched across the island and halted essential services, such as power and water, for months. The aftermath was arduous, and deadly. On August 28, the Puerto Rican government changed the official death count from 64 to 2,975. The story here is just one of thousands, and conveys just a sliver of the loss and pain from the storm.
A new Harvard study estimates the actual death toll from Hurricane Maria is dramatically higher than the official count
These findings would make Maria the second deadliest hurricane in US history.
As Congress held hearings on repairing the electric grid in Puerto Rico, local activists and advocates urged action for sensible, resilient, diverse systems.
Six months after Hurricane Maria shattered Puerto Rico, the road to recovery has split in two. While most people in urban areas are getting back to some semblance of normal, people in other areas—especially in the central highlands and along the southeast coast—are struggling to survive. And losing hope.