Fire causes massive power outages in Puerto Rico

Major parts of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico suffer from power outages. Caused by a San Juan fire in a power substation, the electricity company Luma reports. Several municipalities on the island have now declared a state of emergency and mayors handed out ice and generators.

โ€œThe fire caused significant power outages across the island. The situation is assessed and we are working on restoring the system,โ€ says the company, which has only been providing power in the country since this month.

1.2 million people

โ€œThe first findings from Puerto Rico state that 1.2 million (people, ed.) are without electricity,โ€ writes Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of capital San Juan on Twitter. โ€œThis emergency needs to be resolved quickly and efficiently, otherwise we‘ll get another ‘Maria-like crisis‘ in Puerto Rico.โ€ She refers to Hurricane Maria, which cost nearly 3,000 people on the island in 2017.

According to Jenniffer Gonzalez, who represents Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress, the power outage affects not 1.2 million but half a million people. She stresses that it is not the first power problems the island faces. Although the island is not an integral part of the US, it does count as a US territory.

The company Luma reported earlier on Thursday that it had been attacked by hackers. There’s no connection between the hacking attack and the fire.