Puerto Rico faces social disaster, says political group

In solidarity with the thousands of people who suffer the loss of their homes and other belongings, or of a loved one due to the cyclone, the organization highlighted the poverty, inequality and marginalization that Puerto Rico has long tried to hide.

The MINH maintains that five years after Hurricane Maria highlighted the vulnerability of hundreds of communities in the Puerto Rican archipelago and the need to take urgent action, we have verified that state agencies and those of the United States keep us in the same place as in 2017, or worse.

“A large part of the funds that correspond to us for the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) insurance have not been disbursed, it was not done in a reasonable time or they were not invested in priority issues,” denounced the political group.

As on previous occasions, he noted, we see a supportive people that comes to the aid of their neighbors in times of greatest need; Once again, the communities are the protagonists of their own salvation.

The MINH also denounced “the new looting to which the country’s public funds will be subjected by the private company in charge of electricity transmission, LUMA Energy.”

“After this event demonstrated the company’s lack of preparation to deal with an emergency situation, they reveal the shortage of trained and experienced personnel to be able to repair the energy system, which is so vital for our country,” he stressed.

The group’s management highlighted that LUMA Energy announced as a result of this crisis the hiring of five thousand workers outside the country with salaries that will cost millions of dollars to the treasury.

The MINH called on government officials to have the sense of responsibility and sensitivity that was conspicuous by its absence five years ago, when the devastating Hurricane Maria struck.

“We express our aspiration that as a country we can assume an agenda for the future that recognizes that our national territory is in the path of hurricanes, that it is also susceptible to seismic movements and that, therefore, we cannot live with our backs to the nature,” he summarized.

The MINH National Directorate explained that we cannot forget that it is the impoverished and marginalized sectors that tend to pay the most for the lack of vision from which the government structures and economic powers have suffered on this Caribbean island, subjected 124 years ago to the domination colonial United States.

The MINH also expressed its solidarity with the Dominican Republic, a nation with which we share so many historical, ethnic and geographical ties and which also faced Hurricane Fiona and the social challenges that these phenomena represent.



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