President Trump recently traveled to Puerto Rico to survey the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, and was seen ridiculously tossing paper towels into a crowd of survivors as part of his relief efforts, showing the American people once again that he just doesn’t get it. The Nation reported:
‘After Hurricane Maria, as President Trump has boasted that the relief effort is going “great,” the vast majority of the island of Puerto Rico is still without power. That’s because Maria isn’t just a natural disaster. When the hurricane dumped a brutal storm surge on Puerto Rico, it was washing over an island crippled by years of debt and austerity.’
As of Wednesday, only half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and only about 5 percent of people had electricity. These are statistics FEMA had published on their website, detailing the federal response to Hurricane Maria. Now, as of Thursday, these important statistics are no longer present on the FEMA page. They have been removed — possibly to skew public perception what’s really happening.
According to The Washington Post, these are the statistics that are now on the FEMA page:
‘There are now 14,000 federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, up from 12,300 earlier in the week. All airports, federally maintained ports and post offices are open. More than 30 miles of roadway have been cleared, up from about 20 miles earlier in the week. About 65 percent of grocery stores have reopened, along with nearly all hospitals and dialysis centers. And 64 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power.’
The office of Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello continues to maintain accurate statistics regarding the availability of drinking water and electricity. Currently, Rossello’s office reports that 54.4 percent of people have access to drinking water and still only 9.2 percent of the island has power. Although 92 percent of hospitals and 96 percent of dialysis centers on the island are open, they are still running on emergency power provided by generators.
The statistics now shown on the FEMA web page tend to paint a better picture of relief efforts than the actual reality that it’s going to be months down the road before everything is restored to as it was prior to the storm. It is not surprising that Trump and his administration would like to make people think that everything is all sunshine and coconut trees in the Caribbean and he has fixed it all.
Sadly though, Trump doesn’t care about his own citizens and nothing is going to change for him anytime soon. Here are a few Twitter reflections on Puerto Rico:
— BritGirl On Brexshit (@MarieAnnUK) October 5, 2017
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