Update to friends/family abroad, diaspora and locals lucky with wifi signal that comes and goes. The situation in Puerto Rico continues to deteriorate. We are suffering a humanitarian crisis. Ignore the reported deaths in the media, those numbers are wrong. I never though this will happen here. I think we need massive and immediate military intervention. We need expert military logistics. This crisis must be treated as a war. Ignore bureaucracies and take action. Leave egos at home, forget politics, and resign to the need for control and media attention. People are struggling for their lives because the help and the relief aid is not reaching their destination. And the heat wave is fierce.
Security companies are hiring anyone who has a license to bear arms to assist in security. Anyone? Really??? Looting, crimes and robberies continue to rise everywhere and at any time during the day. This is wild. The 7pm indefinite curfew is affecting the few local businesses that can sell us stuff we need while making some money and is also allowing criminals to reign at night.
Private aircrafts are transporting sick patients abroad. Hospitals and ER cannot take more patients. You show up at the door and they say: sorry, we have no space or no diesel. The main airport in San Juan lost its radar and flights are using Miami controls to land and depart. Lines are impossible. It may take days or weeks to leave the island. News yesterday estimated that more than 100,000 may leave the island for good.
Today, Congress finally lifted the Jones Act (see wikipedia) temporarily for ten days to allow help from Cuba, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and any other country that is sending and wants to send help. The Jones Act prohibits relief aid from country other than USA, an economic barrier that benefits the US and has been crushing our local economy for decades.
As more gas stations open, longer are the lines. It may take 6-9hrs to load $30 on your vehicle, if lucky. Robbers continue to have their way, they even vandalized telecommunications post to keep the signals down. Today, robbers stole the diesel from a hospital center in Guaynabo!!!!!! How can this be happening???
Stay safe people. Watch your backs. Keep watchmen at night. Grab the machete. Don't leave your home or neighborhood unless it's really necessary! I am writing from Condado and can list over 30 looting and assault incidents from Isla Verde, Santurce, Punta las Marías. Ocean Park, Loiza St., Condado, Miramar, Puerta de Tierra and Old San Juan. This is a call for safety not to create more panic. Please take all necessary preventive measures.
Peace, love and hope to all!