Virgin isles

100,000 American citizens more or less forgotten after double-devastation

If Irma hit like a right hook, then Maria was the sucker punch, battering the islanders while they were already down. Almost a month after the first of two deadly hurricanes collided with the US Virgin Islands, the recovery is still in its infancy.

Power lines droop over the main roads in Charlotte Amalie, the territory’s capital. More than half of the roof of Saint Martin’s commercial airport no longer exists, replaced with sky blue tarps that ripple in the breeze. All the territory’s schools remain closed, with hopes to reopen on Tuesday. Around 90% of the territory is without power and the vast majority are still without potable water.

The Guardian