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FEMA Not Ending Food, Water Aid to Puerto Rico After All

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The administration continues to coordinate hurricane evacuee assistance efforts across state agencies and works daily with the Commonwealth's 22 Family Resource Centers and other community-based organizations and centers to help evacuees register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster benefits and provide critical case management support to individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Maria. 29 announcing the aid cut-off based on FEMA interviews.

The agency said food and water aid was no longer necessary.

"There is no decision to stop distribution of commodities", the statement continued.

The spokesman, William Booher, said the January 31 date was mistakenly publicized by the agency in a National Public Radio interview published on Monday.

Hours after NPR broke the news that FEMA was pulling the plug on Puerto Rico hurricane aid came a change of tune. In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Nelson called FEMA's decision a "travesty". Thirty federal legislators had signed a bipartisan letter asking FEMA not to end assistance, according to the NYT.

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The U.S. agency said it has given US$1.6 billion in food and more than US$361 million in water to hurricane survivors.

"Tomorrow, food and water supplies are going to be stopped by FEMA, who today proclaimed "mission accomplished" when 35 percent of our population doesn't have electricity, our children are going to school part-time and half a million homes need to be completely redone", Cruz said.

The Puerto Rican government said it had reached an agreement under which FEMA agreed to remain responsible for distributing aid. The date, he said, actually marked an internal planning date to evaluate if the US territory still needed aid.

Given that Puerto Rico is located thousands of miles away from the mainland, flying and shipping aid has proven hard. But more than four months after Hurricane Maria, more than a third of Puerto Rico's residents still don't have power. "Supermarkets are open, and things are going back to normal", Alejandro De La Campa, FEMA's director in Puerto Rico said. He said the agency is confident it has enough of a stockpile there already to meet the need that remains.

State Coordinating Officer and Secretary of the Department of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera released a statement on Wednesday addressing what occurred after initial reports said FEMA would end aid to the island.

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