A year on from Hurricane Maria, new justification shows how Puerto Ricans were denied essential water

September 13, 2018 - Essential Water

Amnesty International is perfectionist that a Puerto Rican and US sovereign authorities trigger an eccentric review into a authorities’ response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, that cost 2,975 lives.

The call comes amid new revelations of a immeasurable save of celebration H2O aggregation on a runway of a airfield in Ceiba, with no pointer it was distributed for months on finish to a hard-hit population.

“The genocide fee in a issue of Hurricane Maria was so immeasurable given authorities unsuccessful to put in place simple safeguards that could have saved hundreds if not thousands of lives. President Trump’s government’s mild response shows a miserable disaster to support a simple tellurian rights of Puerto Ricans during a time when they indispensable it most,” pronounced Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

“Now, scarcely a year on from a Hurricane, we are presented with uninformed justification of how a people of Puerto Rico have been so outrageously unsuccessful by a really authorities who should have been safeguarding them.”

Amnesty International’s remote-sensing researcher examined months of satellite imagery over a airfield in Ceiba. It clearly shows how a immeasurable volume of products lonesome by blue tarps amassed fast on a outworn runway from late Jan to early Mar 2018, where a immeasurable infancy appears to have remained given then. Together with aerial photographs posted this week and central US supervision documents, this justification strongly suggests that potentially millions of bottles of H2O were being stockpiled for months on a runway, when it could have been distributed to Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Ricans.

According to central US sovereign supervision documents published by CBS News, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a US sovereign group obliged for coordinating responses to disasters, had control of 20,833 pallets of bottled water, value some-more than $22 million.

Access to H2O is a tellurian right. How can a disaster response to Hurricane Maria be an “unsung success” if $22 million of celebration H2O is left stockpiled on a runway while people are suffering?”

Amnesty International’s new Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, will revisit tellurian rights activists and survivors in Puerto Rico on a one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria on Sep 20.

Background: 

On Sep 11, Abdiel Santana, a military officer in Puerto Rico common cinema on his Facebook comment of what he pronounced were roughly a million boxes of H2O left on an airfield runway. CBS News reliable that a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has concurred that millions of H2O bottles meant for survivors of Hurricane Maria were left undistributed during an airfield in Puerto Rico for some-more than a year.

source ⦿ https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/puerto-rico-a-year-on-from-hurricane-maria-new-evidence-shows-how-puerto-ricans-were-denied-essential-water/

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