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FEMA to Stop Shipping Food and Water to Puerto Rico

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An official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told CNN that the organization would no longer be providing additional aid to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

CNN reported Tuesday that FEMA would pull the plug on its food and water shipments to the devastated island beginning Wednesday. The government came under immense scrutiny in September for its slow response to the natural disaster.

FEMA spokesman William Booher said the agency would not be completely terminating its service to the island:

“[FEMA] will continue to support any documented needs and will provide supplies to volunteer agencies and other private nonprofit organizations … working with households in rural, outlying areas to address ongoing disaster-related needs as power and water is gradually restored.”

CNN also notes that although new shipments would end Wednesday, the island has more than 46 million liters of water, 2 million meals and 2 million snack packs from FEMA that are available to those in need.

Read the full report from CNN here.

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