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Puerto Ricans outraged after warehouse of emergency supplies went unused

Folks in a southern Puerto Rico town came upon a warehouse stuffed with water, cots and different unused emergency provides, then spark off a social media uproar Saturday after they broke in to retrieve items as the world struggles to recuperate from a robust earthquake.

With anger spreading within the U.S. territory after video of the development in Ponce seemed on Fb, Gov. Wanda Vazquez briefly fired the director of the island’s emergency control company.

The governor mentioned she had ordered an investigation after finding out the emergency provides have been piled within the warehouse since Typhoon Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.


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Vazquez mentioned state of being inactive by means of the fired professional, Carlos Acevedo, used to be unacceptable.

“There are literally thousands of individuals who have made sacrifices to assist the ones within the south, and it’s unforgivable that sources have been saved within the warehouse,” the governor mentioned.

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Puerto Rico’s secretary of state, Elmer Roman, instructed journalists that Acevedo had no longer instructed him concerning the contents of the warehouse.

Information of the warehouse unfold after on-line blogger Lorenzo Delgado relayed reside video on Fb of other people breaking into the development. The scene was chaotic now and then as other people driven their method in and started distributing water, child meals and different items to these suffering from the earthquake.



Delgado later instructed journalists that he had won a tip concerning the warehouse, however gave no specifics on when.

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The mayor of Ponce, Maria Melendez, mentioned he had no longer identified concerning the warehouse and its contents.

“That is outrageous,” she mentioned. “We all know what us mayors went thru after Typhoon Maria to check out and get assist to our towns and the way we’ve labored those weeks to supply fundamental provides to other people suffering from earthquakes. The ones concerned owe us a proof.”

Ines Rivera, spokeswoman for town of Ponce, instructed The Related Press that the warehouse is owned by means of Puerto Rico’s Corporate of Trade and Export. Officers with the corporate may just no longer be reached for remark.

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Energy starting to go back after earthquake rocks Puerto Rico

The guidelines disappointed many in Puerto Rico already offended over the federal government’s botched reaction to Typhoon Maria, with identical incidents of provides going unused being exposed months later.

Ponce is one among a number of towns within the island’s southern area hit by means of the new 6.four magnitude earthquake that killed one individual and led to greater than an estimated $200 million in injury. Greater than 7,000 other people stay in shelters because the quake.

The governor mentioned she has despatched the Senate her nomination of Jose Reyes, who oversees the Nationwide Guard in Puerto Rico, to be the brand new commissioner for the State Bureau for Emergency Control and Crisis Control.




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