Puerto Rico Government Did Not Prevent Most Hurricane María-Related Deaths

Nobody has to prove to Jazmín Cruz-Corporán that the Puerto Rico government did not have a response plan for a massive public health emergency like Hurricane María. She is certain there were serious problems at the hospitals and health facilities before the phenomenon devastated the island. The woman lived her own nightmare at the Ryder Hospital in Humacao, where her father began the slow and painful path toward death. Gaspar Cruz-Agosto was admitted to the institution on Aug. 30 for diverticulitis.

Huracanes exponen décadas de negligencia gubernamental en la preparación para el cambio climático en el Caribe

Ahora el impacto concreto del aumento del nivel del mar y de las temperaturas, y los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos no son una proyección futura, sino una dura realidad. La investigación regional de CPI documentó que ya están ocurriendo inundaciones continuas, desplazamientos de poblaciones, pérdida significativa de costas e impactos sobre negocios turísticos en lugares como Puerto Rico, BVI, USVI, Dominica, Panamá, República Dominicana y Haití.

Hurricanes expose governments’ decades of negligence in Caribbean climate change preparedness

Climate change effects like rising sea-level, more rainfall and stronger hurricanes are quickly eroding the coasts of vulnerable Caribbean islands and actively destroying community life and economic activity in plain sight with little to no governmental or international action to protect citizens. Hurricane’s Irma and Maria terribly exposed this institutional neglect in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and British Virgin Islands where infrastructure collapsed, and coastal constructions were destroyed by storm surge and erosion. Politics play an important role in lack of action and visibility of these island-colonies -and about 10 others in the region- in official world global warming efforts because their data is not considered and they are not included in their analysis.