Private donations to Puerto Rico intercepted by government; food left to rot; hundreds dead

SAN JUAN, P.R. If the private sector had been free to help Puerto Ricans after the devastating hurricanes of 2017, the island would have quickly recovered. Power and running water would have been restored within a week.

But government officials “took charge” of donations and recovery efforts. Some Puerto Ricans have been without power and water for a year.

Now MSN News is reporting that at least 10 trailers full of food, water and baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Maria were left to rot at a state elections office in Puerto Rico, where they broke open and became infested by rats.

“Records show that an additional 1,427 people died in the months after the storm, compared to previous years.”