Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Undistributed emergency supplies : Earthquake-hit Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies

Undistributed emergency supplies : Earthquake-hit Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies

According to reports, people in a city in Puerto Rico discovered a warehouse full of supplies like cots, water, and emergency supplies meant for victims of Hurricane Maria, the devastating natural disaster that left Puerto Rico in shambles.

"There have been actions by government officials in the past few days that were unacceptable", Vazquez told reporters on Sunday.

She also fired Carlos Acevedo, the head of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, and housing secretary Fernando Gil Ensenat in an immediate response to the video.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the seaside governor's mansion and Capitol building on Monday in Puerto Rico to demand the USA territory's leader resignation and to protest the recent discovery of apparently forgotten disaster supplies amid continuing earthquakes.

The protest reminds many Puerto Ricans of protests that escalated over the summer that led to the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rosello. Many of them chanted, "This fight goes on no matter what!" He wrote: "In the times of our people's greatest needs, those who are supposed to be leaders have once again failed".

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Martin was also part of last year's protests, along with several other renown artists who drew tens of thousands of people to the streets.

Ponce is one of the southern Puerto Rican cities decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017 (as well as multiple earthquakes and aftershocks since December), forcing many people to flee or try to get by while waiting for water and power to come back, if they were fortunate enough not to have their homes entirely destroyed.

The protestors gathered outside La Fortaleza, Puerto Rico's governor's mansion, banging on frying pans, denouncing Vazquez and holding signs with messages including "Government, Absent, Criminal, Negligent".

She ordered an investigation into the incident and said those who broke into the warehouse to distribute supplies to people affected by a recent 6.4 magnitude natural disaster that killed one person and caused more than an estimated $200 million U.S. in damage would not be prosecuted.

Puerto Rico doesn't have a public quake warning system, except for sirens that are supposed to ring in case of a tsunami.

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