Nydia Velázquez

Nydia Velázquez

Nydia Velázquez, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress and previously chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Here, she speaks on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico: 

"This is a Puerto Rico that I didn't recognize - the flooding, the streets, houses under water, people begging for water, no food, isolated areas very hard to reach. My family, my own family - I went to Puerto Rico; I was unable to reach my family. It wasn't until yesterday that one of my sisters reached out to me the day before yesterday."

"This was a massive natural disaster. It requires a massive, comprehensive plan. So we need the president to provide a top-notch person from the Army, a two-, three-, four-star general to be able to oversee and to manage an interagency response. Look. There is food sitting on warehouses in Puerto Rico. There's no diesel. There's no gasoline. There are not enough trucks. There's not enough power to distribute the food and water My theory is that people were not paying attention to the severity of this disaster that was evolving and that now is turning into a humanitarian crisis."

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