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    More than half a million LUMA customers still without power


    September 26, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Progress in the reestablishment of electric service in Puerto Rico, more than a week after Hurricane Fiona struck, continues to be slow, with 609,763 customers still in the dark, according to data from the government's official website on the response to the emergency.

      The advance between yesterday and today would have been 56,242 customers. According to LUMA, there are 858,246 customers with service. The area with less service is the Ponce region where the electric restoration is barely at 15%. The update was at 6:22 a.m. this morning.

      There are 34 hospitals without power, according to LUMA's data in the government's official website. That is to say that there are 33 % of hospitals without electric power.

      Electricity generation still does not reach 50%. In fact, last night there was a blackout in many areas that had already recovered the service due to a gap between demand and generation.

      In view of the lack of electricity, citizens have started to raise fuses in the power lines, something that LUMA asks not to be done. Likewise, clashes have arisen with mayors who try to work with their brigades, to the point that yesterday a police complaint was filed against the mayor of Isabela, "Ricky" Meléndez. The municipal executive states that his town is almost entirely in the dark.

      As for water service, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa) reports that 19% of its customers are without service. This would be 259,270 customers without water. Prasa's president, Doriel Pagán, has said that the customers who are without water are due to facilities that do not have electricity. The update was at 9:39 a.m. yesterday morning.

      There are 226 people remaining sheltered in 19 shelters that are still operating. Update was at 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning.

      The death toll associated with Hurricane Fiona remains at 16 fatalities. The figure has not been updated since Saturday night.

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