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FEMA to end hurricane-related food, water aid for Puerto Rico

FEMA to end hurricane-related food, water aid for Puerto Rico

Yulín Cruz also slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which announced plans this week to halt new shipments of food and water to the island by the end of January.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says many in the US territory still need the water and food they have been getting from FEMA. In a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Sens.

Maldonado said FEMA's aid is critical to residents, as much of the money they would have normally used to buy food is instead being used to buy fuel.

Interesting FEMA says the PR Gov has a $1.2 million reimbursement for San Juan and PR's OMB says hey have nothing. "I urge the administration to reverse this disastrous decision immediately and to continue providing the people of Puerto Rico with the help that they need as they are trying to recover from two disastrous hurricanes". "The President needs to lead and the Congress must act to prevent future loss of life and get Puerto Rico's economy back on its feet". The statement said that FEMA and the island's government had begun discussions about winding down and transferring responsibility for food distribution, but that no date had yet been agreed upon. "We look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this important funding". He did not say when the agency would finalize its plan to hand the remaining supplies over to the Puerto Rican government.

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"The commercial supply chain for food and water is re-established and private suppliers are sufficiently available that FEMA provided commodities are no longer needed for emergency operations", the statement said.

Polk State College continues to provide support for students displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and is again offering in-state tuition to those individuals. 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. More than 133 days after the catastrophic storm, a third of residents on the US territory remain without power, and some, without access to potable water.

Providing one of the very first fundraising efforts, the GlobalGiving Campaign started taking donations for relief efforts on September 28, just a week after the hurricane made landfall.

During the past decade, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been facing an island-wide recession.

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