REPORT: Massive stockpile of aid found in Puerto Rico a year after Maria (photos)


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Hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are still sitting at a Puerto Rico airport — nearly a year after the deadly storm, according to a report.

A photo showing the bottles in boxes and covered in a blue tarp on a runway in Ceiba was shared widely on social media Tuesday evening.

The article goes on to state the following:

“Although you don’t believe it… almost a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages,” posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. “Is there anyone who can explain this?”

FEMA acknowledged to CBS News on Wednesday that the bottles were brought inland in 2017 in the wake of the hurricane and that they were turned over to “central government.”

It is unclear where the breakdown that caused the bottles to never be distributed was caused.

Celebrity chef José Andrés, who brought a crew of volunteers to help feed victims of Maria in the wake of the storm, called for an “official independent investigation” into what happened to the stash of drinking water.

One Puerto Rico resident, Jose Alejandro, hit back at a reporter who accused President Trump of abandoning Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. Alejandro wrote, “I live in Puerto Rico and he is not guilty of that bro. Check this picture. Of millions of water bottles still waiting to be distributed, that is one more prove on the stupidity and incompetence of our local government. This picture was taken a few days ago.”

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1 Comment

  1. lori schmerler September 13th, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    This Island is bankrupted your only chance of survival is to Hope to become a State
    Then you’ll get the leadership compliance and the aid needed to rebuild. It’s a beautiful Island with wonderful proud people they deserve it


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