Puerto Rico In Crisis | AJ+ Docs Play all
Already suffering from massive debt, aging infrastructure and a brain drain crisis, Puerto Rico wasn't well prepared for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017. The storm tore down buildings, wiped out roads and shredded the power grid, leaving residents without access to water, power and communication.
But in the weeks after, as President Trump arrived and ignited controversy with his dismissive comments and actions, many found the federal response to be lacking across the board. In this series, we trace the storm from the night it made landfall, to the recovery efforts a month later, to a future with an unstable economy and exodus to the U.S. mainland.