It’s been ten days since Hurricane Maria struck the US territory of Puerto Rico and millions remain without sufficient clean water or food.
Almost all of the Caribbean island’s power grid and the mobile phone network have been knocked out, meaning that clean water can’t be pumped to homes, toilets can’t be flushed and neither air con nor refrigerators can work without a portable generator.
And there’s no light at night unless it comes from candles, torches or paraffin lamps.
It was the worst hurricane in 85 years and killed sixteen people, but US President Donald Trump has upset many of the islanders after he claimed on Friday that the authorities’ preparation for Maria and the handling of the relief effort have been a success.
“The loss of lives is always tragic, but it’s been incredible, the results that we had with respect of loss of lives, people can’t believe how successful that has been, relatively speaking,” he said.
But the mayor of the capital San Jose quickly and vehemently disagreed. “We are dying here and I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long,” Carmen Yulin Cruz told reporters.