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FEMA Scrubs Data About Puerto Rico's Electricity And Drinking Water From Its Website

The Federal Emergency Management Agency website has hidden statistics relating to Puerto Rico's drinking water and electricity according to the Washington Post. (photo credit: public domain / USCGSoutheast‏)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency website has hidden statistics relating to Puerto Rico's drinking water and electricity according to the Washington Post.

"As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page.

FEMA spokesman William Booher noted that both measures are still being reported on a website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, www.status.pr. According to that website, which is in Spanish, 9.2 percent of the island now has power and 54.2 percent of residents have access to drinking water. Booher said that these measures are also shared in news conferences and media calls that happen twice a day, but he didn't elaborate on why they are no longer on the main FEMA page."

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