A week after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, the island is struggling to meet even the most basic needs for millions of residents. The power grid has been all but wiped out entirely, causing the whole of Puerto Rico to go mostly dark when photographed at night from space. The only power for the vast majority of Puerto Ricans is coming from generators, and there's hardly enough of those to go around. Photos from Puerto Rico show Hurricane Maria's devastation, from downed telephone poles to decimated neighborhoods, uprooted trees to completely washed out roads.
The timeline to take care of all the damage from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria is unknown. Where restoring electric power is concerned, that undertaking will likely take several months. Poles and wire will need to be replaced from scratch, and that will be required across the entire island.
Adding to the logistical hurdles are the economic ones. Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy in May, a culminating sign of the dire financial burdens the U.S. territory has been struggling with for two decades.
The photos below give a sense of just how hard Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. For countless Puerto Ricans, the loss has been enormous.