Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Due to a major power outage in Puerto Rico, more than three million people are without electricity. Due to a still unknown cause, the power on the entire island has fallen out. It is expected that it will take 24 to 36 hours until the problem is resolved.
Last week, 800,000 people did not have electricity either after a branch fell on a wire.
Since the island was hit by hurricane Maria seven months ago, the electricity grid is unstable. Also then the power failed on the entire island. Since then, around 40,000 people are still not connected to the electricity grid.
The nearly 3.5 million Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States, but the island is not an American state and its inhabitants are not allowed to participate in the presidential and congressional elections.
THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN PUERTO RICO The island was plunged into darkness after losing power entirely yesterday, in what’s being called the second-largest blackout in history. [HuffPost]
THIS ISN’T THE LAST OF THE PUERTO RICO BLACKOUTS And the start of the next hurricane season in June looms. [HuffPost]
Sint Maarten, hardly any reconstruction after Hurricane Irma: here.