Mayor on Hurricane Maria San Juan Devastation

People stand in line at San Juan supermarkets after Hurricane Maria.
Image: AP Photo/Ben Fox

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said she now knows relief is not going to get to everybody “in time” after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz describes how children and the elderly are most affected by Hurricane Maria devastation that has knocked out power in this video first aired by Washington Post. Cruz described the following critical issues in San Juan:

  • Flooding is impacted by sewage
  • Many are going without drinking water and food
  • Looting is a nightly norm

I know we are not going to get to everybody in time,” she said.

Access several Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria relief support efforts on the PBS website.

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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.