Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city San Juan, broke down in tears during a WUSA-9 interview on Tuesday while describing the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, telling the interviewer that the island is “having a humanitarian crisis.”
“I know that leaders aren’t supposed to cry and especially not on TV, but we are having a humanitarian crisis,” Cruz said. “And we’re doing all we can.”
“And the worst fear is that we cannot get to everyone in time.”
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) September 26, 2017
Earlier in the day, she told CBS News that Puerto Rican officials “need to get our s— together because people are dying, people are really dying.”
“It’s life or death, every moment we spend planning in a meeting or every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die,” Cruz said.
The Hill added:
She added that the situation is especially dire because Hurricane Irma had hit the territory two weeks earlier, before Hurricane Maria came through.
“There are people who have had no food and no water for 14 days,” Cruz said.
“It’s life or death,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says of Hurricane Maria. “People are starting to die already.” pic.twitter.com/Ei6nm9MvJ4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017