FEMA Says It Won’t End Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico After All

After a flurry of bipartisan complaints from members of Congress, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said its plan to end distributing food and water in Puerto Rico would not take effect on Wednesday after all.

“Provision of those commodities will continue,” spokesman William Booher told National Public Radio. Read the full story here.

A different spokesperson, Delyris Aquino-Santiago, had earlier told NPR that it would “officially shut off” its food and water mission on the island on Wednesday and hand its remaining food and water supplies over to the Puerto Rican government to finish distributing. But Booher said that date “was mistakenly provided.”

The agency has been working on that transition but has not made it final, he said, adding that in the meantime, FEMA will continue providing food and water to communities on the island that need them.

The island is still recovering from devastating Hurricane Maria, which struck in September.

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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel, Mark Skoneki