This is Connecticut's opinion page.

Get CT Viewpoints emails in your inbox daily.

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.
Posted inCT Viewpoints

My uncle survived Hurricane Maria. Despair over its devastation killed him.

At 78, my uncle had survived Hurricane Maria’s winds and the floods its rains unleashed. But the deadliest time in most hurricanes is after the storm passes. And for my uncle, the devastation of the island where he’d lived his whole life was too much to bear. A week and a half after Maria made landfall, he hanged himself at his ruined home.