FEMA criticized for plan to end hurricane aid in Puerto Rico
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 03, 2018,
Feb 03, 2018, 1:51
The government of Puerto Rico said it didn't even get an advance warning about the decision.
Reacting with shock and anger to the remarks Ms Cruz said on CNN: "Damn it, this is not a good news story". "I don't want to mince words here".
Amid the confusion over the timing of that transition, Puerto Rico's public safety director, Hector Pesquera, said on Tuesday his administration was still negotiating with FEMA on the timing of the handover.
One-third of residents have no electricity, and one-fifth have no potable water, but FEMA is planning to end its recovery efforts in Puerto Rico this week.
The U.S. agency claimed the island had enough resources, adding that since private suppliers are "sufficiently available", FEMA services "are no longer needed for emergency operations". Cruz expressed the hope she had for Trump to address remedying the devastation caused in Puerto Rico and helping the many residents who are still suffering.
"During all the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, there's been a feature of the Trump administration and that is that they take away the aid before it's done", Cruz told NBC News.
It's estimated that 300,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida to flee the ravaged island.
Llargues says De La Campa was mistaken, and provided inaccurate information to NPR.
FEMA will "officially shut off" its emergency humanitarian aid for the island on Wednesday after providing more than 30 million gallons of potable water and almost 60 million meals following the storm.
"And obviously we're not going to stand for it."
"If we're giving free water and food, that means that families are not going to supermarkets to buy", De La Campa said. "It is affecting the economy of Puerto Rico". "We look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this important funding". "FEMA and the Commonwealth will continue to provide commodities to voluntary organizations and local officials who still have a need".
Nelson and Rubio said those efforts haven't been almost enough.
On Tuesday, in response to NPR's story, the government of Puerto Rico issued a statement saying they had not been informed "that supplies would stop arriving, nor did the Government of Puerto Rico agree with this action". That money has not been approved by the Senate. The government came under huge scrutiny in September for its slow response to the natural disaster.
"It would be a mistake to say that hurricane damage is over".