Maria's smallest victims: In Puerto Rico, children's mental health a growing concern
OROCOVIS, Puerto Rico — Children in this mountain hamlet have seen roofs blown off their homes, endured weeks of cold dinners and hot nights and witnessed loved ones die in their living rooms.
Six weeks after Hurricane Maria roared through Orocovis on its deadly path through Puerto Rico, local leaders here fear the psychological effects of the storm on children will be long-lasting and hard to erase.
“Many of them don’t yet understand the impact,” Orocovis Mayor Jesús Colón Berlingeri said. “They don’t understand why their house doesn’t have water, why their house doesn’t have power, why it no longer has a roof.”