US militarizes Puerto Rican relief effort

As recovery efforts for Puerto Rico from hurricane Maria enter its third week, the plight of most residents remains perilous.  Food and water deliveries are spotty at best, and government officials are pointing the finger at the incompetence of local mayors who are not following through in getting relief supplies to those who need it most. In response, the U.S. is planning to basically militarize relief efforts, doing the job that local mayors appear incapable of doing. Miami Herald: Responding to the evolving crisis, U.S. military officials spelled out Sunday how they will alter the distribution of food, water and fuel to many of the island's 78 municipalities, militarizing relief efforts in a significant way as some mayors stumble on the job. Prior to this weekend, relief supplies were delivered to 10 regional staging areas on the island, and mayors were largely responsible for arranging pick-up and distribution. But Brig. Gen. Jose J. Reyes, assistant...(Read Full Post)

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