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FEMA Has Been Deleting Facts About Puerto Rico from Its Website

Their website has painted a picture of the recovery effort that tracks with Trump’s comments about the rosy recovery he claims is taking place in Puerto Rico.

Alexa Liautaud

FEMA has been changing the statistics shown on its Hurricane Maria recovery page in a way that makes it difficult to consistently track the progress of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Three weeks after the storm hit the island, many Puerto Ricans still don't have access to basic necessities, like electricity and clean water.

On Oct. 4, data on how many Puerto Ricans had access to power and clean water were available on FEMA's website—but the next day, they weren't. On Oct. 4, they showed data on how many hospitals were connected to the power grid. That information was scrubbed from their page the next day and, as of this writing, was still not available.


The adding and removing of statistics on the FEMA website obscures the status of recovery efforts on the island. Their website has painted a picture of the recovery effort that tracks with President Donald Trump's comments about the rosy recovery he claims to be taking place in Puerto Rico.

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