According to recent reports, on Wednesday, the U.S. territory officials said that about 20,000 pallets of water bottles which were previously shipped to Puerto Rico following the devastating Hurricane which struck Maria island last year were unused till today and that this water became too much contaminated to drink. Hurricane Maria, which was similar to the current Hurricane struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, thereby killing an estimated number of over 3,000 people in the U.S. territory and more so some of the U. S. officials there were critical to Trump’s claim of a delivering a successful aid and support to the affected people within the region.
CBS News however, first reported that existence of this unused water pallets occurred due to the ongoing storms which hindered people from accessing the water pallets. After the Hurricane become bigger, people migrated to the community of Ceiba, located in Puerto Rico Which is considered a high ground. Nevertheless, many people who were located in Puerto Rico however suffered from lack of potable water which lasted for several weeks immediately after this storm struck last September. However, officials both from Puerto Rico and the federal government, on Wednesday said in a report that they could not say exactly when these 20,000 pallets is expected to arrive on the island.
However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in April 2018 in a statement reported that the water was sleeping unused. In addition to this, the administrator of Puerto Rico’s General Services Administration, Ottmar Chávez, in a statement said that Puerto Rico authorities had been given the approval to taking into custody the distribution of the 700 pallets of water among the local residents. This was to commence between May and end on August, Chávez. Nevertheless, people complained and said that this bottled water had bad smell and that the water tasted bad. So after Puerto Rico government told this to the federal authorities they opt to return the water. The federal authorities however had to come up with new methods to sustain the quench the local residents were experiencing.
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