Veiled by outstanding green landscapes, large highways and metropolitan buildings, poverty in Puerto Rico was hidden, but it currently exceeds 52.3 percent after the hurricane Maria’s onslaught.
According to a senior official, the hurricane Maria will show with its devastating onslaught the true face of poverty in Puerto Rico, which has been subjected to the colonial domination of the United States for 119 years.
The true socioeconomic situation of this country was described by the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), which said that since the hurricane hit the country on September 20th, the poverty rate increased from 44.3 percent to 52.3 percent.
According to Jose Caraballo, economist and director of the Information Center for Census (CIC), if the recovery process in the country takes more time and more people lose income or their jobs, it is possible that the 254,905 people that currently have an income between 25 and 50 percent above the poverty level also fall below this limit, something that can potentially bring the rate up to 59.8 percent.
He said that as part of the country’s recovery process, priority should be given to children in municipalities, in which seven or eight children out of 10 remain in poverty.