One year later, an open wound: How the federal government failed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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At that point, Congress had only approved $6.2 million for Maria victims. It took another week to get 70 helicopters flying above Puerto Rico, and even then, the island’s residents received thousands of fewer tarps and millions less liters of water and meals compared to their Texan counterparts. The USNS Comfort, a Naval ship often sent to disaster zones, was deployed only after pressure and even then, it sat empty for days.

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