Donald Trump arrived in Puerto Rico two weeks after the hurricane, while he traveled to Texas and Florida in the days that followed. The US president reacted belatedly to the magnitude of the disaster that hit the island, yet US territory and the avalanche of messages he sent on Twitter was not appreciated. His arrival in Puerto Rico on Tuesday did not arouse any particular enthusiasm.
The inhabitants of the island were injured by the tweets of the American president, who described a situation constantly improving. Here, the daily remains very difficult and Puerto Ricans have very badly taken to be labeled lazy in one of the president’s tweets.
“These tweets were insulting to us, denigrators. And sad because in this situation it is emotionally weak and we do not expect a response is expressed in this way, “says Ignacio Lopez, who lives in the neighborhood of Ocean Park, ravaged by ‘hurricane.
Ignacio shows the sawn trees in long logs on the side of the road. Piles of brush and debris lined up. And he says: ” All this work was done by the inhabitants of the neighborhood. No one came to help us here. ”
Puerto Rico struggles to recover from disaster
Puerto Rico airport has not yet resumed normal activity. Many flights are canceled. Others delayed. Wilfredo Suarez hopes to rejoin his son in New Jersey. ” I’ve been trying to leave for several days, since Maria’s passage but I have not succeeded. It’s my island, of course, I’ll be back. I will stay in New Jersey until electricity and water are restored here. ”
In the neighborhood of Ocean Park, the inhabitants continue to clear the sand brought by the hurricane. The electric poles are on the ground, there is no water, no current, no money to the distributors. ” I waited twelve hours, from five in the morning to five in the afternoon to get gas,” says Cristel Cruz, a mother of a family. Every day for food, water, money, you have to choose what is most important. One thing a day. Today I wanted to go to the supermarket but the wait was too long. Every morning we must decide what is most important. It’s hard. ”
According to the experts, it will take six months to restore electricity. And no one knows for now when there will be running water.