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A new investigative documentary, Blackout in Puerto Rico, goes inside the chaotic US federal response to Hurricane Maria, marked by troubled contracts and a vast disparity in services compared to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which hit the US mainland.

A “glaringly slow” temporary roof repair program in Puerto Rico put up 439 roofs in the 30 days following Maria, compared to 4,500 in the month following Irma in Florida. Approaching hurricane season this year, over 100,000 people in Puerto Rico still have no power. 

“Is this really the best that FEMA can do?” asks correspondent Laura Sullivan.

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