100,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island since Hurricane Maria

By | 09.11.2017
Stranded tourists and Puerto Ricans line up at the International Airport as they try to leave after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island, in San Juan

The number of Puerto Ricans who have left the island is averaging 1,800 residents a day since Hurricane Maria hit for a total of 100,000—more than the total number of Puerto Ricans who flew out in all of 2015, the latest year for which data is available.

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Stranded tourists and Puerto Ricans line up at the International Airport as they try to leave after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island, in San Juan

1,800

It’s understandable why they’re are flocking to the mainland. Nearly 60% of the island’s power generation is still offline. Water service hasn’t been fully restored. Communications remain spotty.

Stranded tourists and Puerto Ricans line up at the International Airport as they try to leave after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island, in San Juan

1,800

The slow return to normalcy is crippling large swaths of Puerto Rico’s economy. The longer the service outages last, the more people will leave, and the more difficult it will be for the island to recover.

Stranded tourists and Puerto Ricans line up at the International Airport as they try to leave after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island, in San Juan

1,800

A long economic recession has already caused a mass exodus over the past decade.

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