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Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced on Sunday fired two more top officials in wake of the fallout from the discovery of unused Hurricane Maria aid.
Garced relieved Secretary of Housing Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar of their duties one day after removing the island’s emergency management agency director Carlos Acevedo.
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“There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse,” a furious Vazquez said in a statement.
The governor has nominated Jose Reyes, head of Puerto Rico’s National Guard, to replace the ousted official.
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Acevedo issued a statement of his own, denying that the supplies were mismanaged after a viral video revealed unused water bottles sitting in a warehouse.
“The citizen who entered today to share the images on social networks, violated the security perimeter, which represented a risk for him,” claimed Acevedo. “For this reason, our colleagues instructed him to leave the area.”
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Anger erupted in Puerto Rico on Saturday after an online blogger posted a live video of the warehouse in the southern coastal city of Ponce filled with water bottles, cots, baby food, and other basic supplies that had apparently been sitting there since Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory in September 2017.
The blogger, Lorenzo Delgado, said he had received a tip about the warehouse but did not specify when. A group of people broke into the warehouse and began distributing supplies to those affected by the recent 6.4 magnitude quake that killed one person and caused damage across Puerto Rico’s southern region. More than 7,000 people remain in shelters as strong aftershocks continue.
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Ponce Mayor María Meléndez said she was outraged, noting that she and other mayors were trying to find basic supplies since the quake.
“I spent several days requesting cots and...
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