FEMA Removes Puerto Rico Stats on Drinking Water and Electricity Access

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According to The Washington Post, those numbers were on FEMA's website as of Wednesday, and claimed that half of Puerto Rico had access to clean water and five percent had electricity.

A FEMA spokesperson originally pointed the Post to the listing of the statistics on a web page run by the Puerto Rico governor's office, which was entirely in Spanish, but did not explain why the statistics had been removed.

The more grim statistics have instead been replaced by those that seem to support Trump's assertions that the island is doing just a fine job bouncing back from the horrific natural disaster, such as in regards to the increased number of federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, cleared roadways, and the reopening of airports, post offices, hospitals, and grocery stores.

The Federal Emergency Management site had been tracking response on the island and as of Wednesday indicated 50% of Puerto Rico had access to drinking water and 5.4% of residents had electricity, according to Wayback Machine, an internet archiving tool that preserved the page. About 65 percent of grocery stores have reopened, along with almost all hospitals and dialysis centers.

As for the millions of people on the island who are still without power or access to clean water... well, FEMA chose to update its website and, in doing so, eliminated all its data relating to the specifics regarding those particular resources.

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The hurricane, which hit on September 20, caused massive devastation, wiping out the island's power grid, communication systems, much of its infrastructure, and private property.

While the administration's response to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida received praise, the president has received widespread criticism for what many say is a lackluster response effort to a far more severe humanitarian disaster on the USA island territory.

Trump, who visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, has repeatedly noted that the infrastructure of the financially struggling island was already weak before the hurricane hit.

President Trump speaks during a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts on October 3, 2017, in Puerto Rico.

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