CNN Correspondent Leyla Santiago joined the network Tuesday morning to report from the Puerto Rican municipality of Toa Baja, and gave some insight into the “desperate” situation that still plagues the island since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Santiago first addressed the water shortage in Puerto Rico, noting that the packages of water arriving on the island were being cut in half “so that they could reach more homes.”
The correspondent then described an emotional exchange she had with a mayor in Toa Baja, who “was holding back tears.”
“He is seeing people day to day, and he’s saying the desperation is getting out of hand,” Santiago said. “He told me yesterday he had to deal with a gentleman who was about to commit suicide.”
“I spoke to a doctor that was right next to him who told me that one of his patients was eating dog food,” Santiago continued. “Patients eating dog food in a clinic.”
“So on the ground, yes, FEMA, I’m seeing more of it, I’m seeing more of the aid. But there is still so much more that is needed when you just talk to people here.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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