Mayors, people affected by the hurricane, members of Congress and Puerto Ricans of the diaspora have questioned  delays in supplies and the amount distributed. (horizontal-x3)
Mayors, people affected by the hurricane, members of Congress and Puerto Ricans of the diaspora have questioned delays in supplies and the amount distributed. (Archivo GFR Media)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeks to design a new logistics system to address the continuous complaints about the provision and distribution of aid to those affected by Hurricane Maria.

"We are looking for more efficient methods. Specifically, we seek to work with situations in which people say  “food has not arrived here or we ran out of food, or it did not last as long as we expected'. We are looking for a way to meet these needs without afecting commercial activities,”  said Delyris Aquino Santiago, FEMA spokeswoman.

"FEMA is buying from local businesses," she added, less than a week after U S FEMA administrator Wiliam "Brock" Long appointed Michael Byrne as FEMA federal coordinator in Puerto Rico. That position was previously occupied by Alejandro de la Campa, who is still the director of FEMA in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Mayors, people affected by the hurricane, members of Congress and Puerto Ricans of the diaspora have questioned  delays in supplies and the amount distributed.

Another recent complaint came from the same victims, including residents of Jayuya, who are calling for the distribution of rice. FEMA usually delivers food which requires water to be prepared. They recently hired chef José Andrés to distribute hot food in the municipalities. "We are on it," said Aquino Santiago when asked about the complaints for rice.

At the moment, FEMA has distributed 10 million liters of bottled water and 18 million non-perishable food items. It has received 581,000 requests from people seeking help. About $ 75 million has been approved to help individuals and families. For municipalities and state government, FEMA has approved $ 336.2 million in assistance.


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