‘It’s a humanitarian disaster’ – GRI Founding Director on Puerto Rico, post-storm | Newsweek
“There is significant suffering,” GRI Founding Director Dr. Stephen Flynn said of the conditions in Puerto Rico, during an interview with Newsweek. “It’s a humanitarian disaster, in my view, and needs to be treated that way.”
The island was hit by Hurricane Maria on September 20, wiping out power for the whole population, and leaving many citizen without drinking water, medical care, or communications.
“Anybody who’s already vulnerable and going for a long period of time without power and is reliant on medications, electronic monitoring, medical devices … as the days march on—and the days are marching on—they become a much more frail population,” Dr. Flynn added.