FEMA inexplicably removed statistics on the number of Puerto Ricans without water and electricity from its website

6 Oct , 2017 Business

Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has inexplicably removed information from its website concerning the numbers of people in Puerto Rico who still lack access to drinking water and electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The hurricane, which hit on September 20, caused massive devastation, wiping out the island’s power grid, communication systems, much of its infrastructure, and private property.

On Thursday, statistics showing that about half of Puerto Rico’s residents lacked access to drinking water and 95% of the island was without power were removed from a FEMA web page containing information related to the storm.

FEMA spokesman William Booher told the Post that both numbers continue to be reported on Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s website, although the site is in Spanish.

“Our mission is to support the governor and his response priorities through the unified command structure to help Puerto Ricans recover and return to routines,” Booher told the Post. “Information on the stats you are specifically looking for are readily available” on the governor’s site and through daily news briefings.

But Booher did not explain why the numbers were removed from the FEMA page, which details other statistics concerning the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance


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