Governor of Puerto Rico sacks two more emergency officials after warehouse of disaster aid in found

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Puerto Rico’s governor fired two officials after a warehouse filled with emergency Hurricane Maria supplies was discovered and they could not say if there are more.

Governor Wanda Vázquez announced that Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar were formally terminated from their positions on Sunday following the fallout of the bombshell discovery.

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Gil and Andújar’s exits come one day after Vasquez fired Carlos Acevedo, director of the US territory's emergency management agency.

The string of dismissals follows the release of a Facebook video showing furious people breaking into a warehouse stocked with water, toiletries and supplies meant for victims of the 2017 Hurricane Maria.

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Vasquez made the decision after meeting with her administration leaders that found officials could not provide information about other supplies collections and distribution centers.

The governor did not disclose why Gil and Andújar’s were singled out, just that she lost confidence in their abilities.

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In addition to the government shakeup, Vasquez is concerned that the warehouse discovery could undermine Puerto Rico’s credibility with the Trump administration in Washington.

The funds were previously retained amid worries of corruption and mismanagement.

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Trump claimed in May that Congress gave Puerto Rico $91billion for Hurricanes Irma and Maria disaster relief funds, saying that it was the largest appointment of any state in history.

In the past, Trump has criticized Puerto Rico’s leadership following the 2017 hurricane, saying: ‘So many wonderful people, but with such bad Island leadership and with so much money wasted.

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The president has yet to address the new revelations, but other Puerto Rico officials have expressed outrage as they deal with an earthquake crisis that killed one person.

On January 7, a 6.4 magnitude quake rocked the commonwealth’s southern region, causing extensive damage and left more than 7,000 people in shelters as aftershocks continue.

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