Save the Children in Fairfield working to help Puerto Rico

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Many organizations like Save the Children based out of Fairfield now have crews on the ground in Puerto Rico.

It’s a week out since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Save the Children Team Leader Casey Harrity from Save the Children has been there for days now.

“The needs are really shocking,” she explained. There are needs for everything and that’s really hindering the ability to really assess the needs.”

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Power is out at places like hospitals, and fuel, water and food are all in great need.

With 700,000 children on the island and schools destroyed, normalcy is far in the distance.

“What we are seeing for children is that, first of all, they are facing massive trauma,” Harrity said. “Homes destroyed.”

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For Save the Children, which has responded to disasters for nearly 100 years, this is one of the worst.

“This is truly a catastrophic situation,” Harrity stated. “I don’t think we have ever responded to a disaster where we have had 100 percent of communications. Logistics are extremely complicated.”

Airports and ports are still not fully functioning.

The road to recovery has begun, but it will take quite some time to get there.

We are looking at months in some areas,” she said. “We are looking at years before the island will [be] back to normal.”

For now, one step at a time.

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