Storm response in Puerto Rico 'incredibly successful,' blames mayor for Hurricane Maria

Clay Curtis
September 13, 2018

Puerto Rico now says 2,975 people died on the island because of the storm. As time went by it did not go up by much.

Photos of the water bottles covered in a blue tarmac circulated social media on Tuesday, the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump claimed the U.S.'s response was an "unsung success".

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the east coast of the United States, the Trump administration's response to Maria in Puerto Rico has come under renewed scrutiny. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000", he tweeted Thursday. The study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures.

Hostin further bashed the Trump administration for not doing enough to stop preventable deaths after the storm.

With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the southeastern USA and due to make landfall on Thursday, Trump pointed to his administration's emergency preparedness, saying he handled the situation in Puerto Rico well, despite what critics said. Puerto Rico's government has acknowledged that its emergency plans were designed for a Category 1 hurricane, as well as failures to follow those plans and communications breakdowns.

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The governor of Puerto Rico, who commissioned the research, said he accepted the estimate as official.

"I ignore them because none of them make sense", said Michelle Cruz, a 48-year-old airline worker whose mother died in December from septicemia after contracting an infection in a hospital during surgery after Maria. And the problem with Puerto Rico is their electric grid and their electric-generating plant was dead before the storms ever hit.

A recent report found that Hurricane Maria in 2017 killed almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico after a federal response that faced heavy criticism.

The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water. "I actually think it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about".

The fact that Puerto Rico is an island complicates the response, and its poor fiscal health, as noted by Mr. Trump, were also factors that bear mention.

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