Puerto Rico Stuck and Helpless


Ricardo Arduengo

Puerto Rico’s streets after Hurricane Maria

Alyssa Pepito, Photojournalist

Much time has passed since the category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Maria, hit Puerto Rico last month on September 20. It took a quite a while for citizens of the affected country to receive help, especially from the president of the United States. However still today, Puerto Rico is still facing problems in getting help for the people there, due to location and trouble in locating citizens.

When Hurricane Maria made its way through Puerto Rico’s mountains wet dirt had covered everything around the landscape (The Washington Post). Mud had filled the homes of residents living in the mountain areas of Puerto Rico thus leaving them with loss of resources and loss of ability to live normally at home. Not only this, but due to the remote location of their homes it was almost impossible for them to receive help from anyone. Much of their area, called Utando, is unable to be accessed as they are even surrounded by landslides and demolished structures. There have been a few casualties from the conditions of the area. However, the residents are still working hard to grab the attention of any passing planes or helicopters to help them out of their trapped situation.

In San Juan, Puerto Rico’s most populous and also capital city, most to all residents living in the apartment complexes had no access to electricity or even running water. Technically, all of Puerto Rico suffered from no power which harshly affected them. Additionally, no one has come to check how the people are doing in these apartment complexes. Everyone is still living in conditions with no food or water to keep them moving.  The United States still has yet to aid them and provide them with resources that are necessary. Holley Fields (11) is disappointed in the way the U.S. is handling the situation and how “the U.S. should pay more attention to Puerto Rico as they are close to us, the United States.”

Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, critically responds to the nonexistent actions which the U.S. government took on to help Puerto Rico. She took her opinions to Twitter and tweeted, “Increasingly painful to understand the American people want to help and US Gov does not want to help. WE NEED WATER!” (Vox). She was angered over the way the US would not go out of their way to help Puerto Rico, yet the people of America, especially on social media, showed immense care and support to the people of Puerto Rico. Many social media users even shared donation links to help the country.

As humans, the main concern should be to aid those who are in need especially in this catastrophe. No one should ignore the problems which still prevail in Puerto Rico and they should receive immediate help.