FEMA site removes stats about water, power in Puerto Rico

Aaron Brown
October 10, 2017

This was more than about Republicans and Democrats, as Menendez joined Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango in offering support, and dignitaries from Jersey City such as Freeholder Jr.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, Cruz sent out a litany of tweets, claiming FEMA was not responding to her requests and tagging various media agencies and reporters. "If there is a place, a locality that is not delivering food to the people of Puerto Rico that need it, there's going to be some hell to pay".

"Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an wonderful job is being done in Puerto Rico". The letter says independent damage assessments in Puerto Rico are as high as $95 billion - about 150 percent of the island's gross national product. So, for example, we know we're delivering food to all of the municipalities, and water.

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Several weeks after the September 20 Category 4 storm devastated the USA territory, only 11.7 percent of the island's electricity consumers have power, and 56.8 percent of Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority customers have potable water, according to FEMA's website tracking the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

The island's heavily damaged infrastructure makes it hard to transport goods outside of San Juan.

He said the devastation is enormous with no part of the island untouched, with so many dimension to the crisis, it is "heartbreaking". President Donald Trump has continued to assert that his government is doing a quote "great job" with their response to the crisis. He suggested that the federal government use the Army Corps of Engineers to help fix the infrastructure.

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Kuperman said they have been reaching out to people in the community to figure out the most effective ways to help. But that doesn't mean it will able to get them in the air anytime soon.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 82 percent of cell phone sites in Puerto Rico and 58 percent in the US Virgin Islands remain out of service due to the hurricane.

The move may temporarily ease Puerto Rico's financial problems as it struggles to get back on its feet after Maria hit last month, destroying the electrical grid and leaving most of the island's 3.4 million inhabitants without power.

In a joint effort with other senators, including U.S. Sen.

Next weekend the organizations will also be taking non perishable donations like water, batteries, and flashlights to send to those in Puerto Rico. States, on average, typically have 57 percent of Medicaid costs covered by the federal government, according to the report. "[Puerto Rico's Medicaid program] is headed toward a collapse", Edwin Park, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the publication. Still, he continues to defend his response to the natural disaster-particularly the paper towel toss. The DoD's Wednesday update emphasized the military's efforts to clear roads and rebuild bridges in order to distribute aid to all Puerto Rico residents.

The island's infrastructure is the main culprit behind the lagging aid, not the USA government.

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