CT-based Save the Children continues with recovery effort in PR

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One year after Hurricane Maria made devastating landfall on Puerto Rico, Connecticut-based Save the Children is still hard at work on the recovery effort. 

Save the Children's Director of Puerto Rico Outreach Luis Soto says a year later many on the island are still without reliable electricity or clean drinking water. But he says repairing the physical damage is only part of the recovery effort on the ground.

Soto says Maria worsened existing social and economic problems in Puerto Rico, with impacts that could be felt for years to come.

He says the suicide rate jumped 20 percent in the wake of the storm, and the government closed dozens of schools, denying students months of learning.

Soto says Save the Children is focusing on 12 of the hardest-hit communities, to provide summer schooling and other educational programs to try and close the gap.

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