What may be millions of water bottles. meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico since 2017, according to FEMA, which confirmed the news to journalist David Begnaud. Photo: David Begnaud

By Justin Wise
12 September 2018

(The Hill) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said this week that millions of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria have been left undistributed at an airport in Puerto Rico for more than a year.

CBS News journalist David Begnaud reported on Wednesday that FEMA acknowledged that loads of water bottles were brought to the island in 2017 in the wake of the hurricane and that it turned them over to the "central government."
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However, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency, Abdiel Santana, noticed that the water was still sitting at the airport runway one year later, according to Begnaud.

"FEMA says the water, and we’re talking what could be millions of bottles of water, were brought to the island by FEMA last year. FEMA tells me the water was turned over to the central government," Begnaud said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday night.

"The question is what happened after that. Where was the breakdown?" Begnaud asked.

He added that “the water was kept in an area that was pretty hard-hit during the storm and could have used all the water they could have gotten." […]

Trump on Tuesday said that the government did a "fantastic" job in its response to Hurricane Maria, a comment that quickly led to a wave of criticism from lawmakers.

“Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success?” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted. “If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all.” [more]

FEMA confirms millions of water bottles for hurricane relief were left at Puerto Rico airport

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