Amnesty Urges Accountability for Hurricane Maria With Projections Onto Trump Hotel, FEMA

FEMA Boss Says Donald Trump Could be Spot on with His Denial of Death Toll Figures from Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON - One year after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her parents on the island are still struggling to complete repairs to their house after getting "no help from FEMA at all".

Once there, they repaired and replaced roofs, windows and doors, in addition to sanitizing and removing mold from homes.

In this September 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico.

Police paved the way for several proud Puerto Ricans as they waved their flag while marching from El Mercado to Barnard Park.

Earlier Thursday, the White House sent a fact sheet to reporters touting the administration's "historic recovery effort" and "significant progress" over the year since Maria's landfall. Major power outages are still being reported, tens of thousands of insurance claims are still pending and almost 60,000 homes still have temporary roofs unable to withstand a Category 1 hurricane.

"People need direct help here through local communities rather than through the government because we don't know what happens to the money once the government gets it", Rodriguez told Bloomberg News.

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Last week, Amnesty International called for the U.S. federal authorities to launch an independent investigation into the authorities' response to Hurricane Maria, amid new revelations of a massive stockpile of drinking water left for months on the runway of the airport in Ceiba, when it could have been distributed to those ravaged by the hurricane. Protests were planned in San Juan and elsewhere, as well as a funeral procession.

To mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Amnesty International has published a feature based on field research in Puerto Rico, including interviews with community leaders and people whose homes were left severely damaged by the hurricane. Shuttered businesses, blue tarp roofs and extensively damaged homes can still be seen throughout Puerto Rico and access to electricity and fresh water remain spotty. "This hit us hard".

On Thursday, Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced in San Juan that $1.5 billion was being released to Puerto Rico as part of the overall $20 billion pledged for rebuilding, the largest in the agency's history. Since the storm, that has shot up to 98 percent, she said.

But others felt that Maria's tragic legacy still needs to be acknowledged, even long after the anniversary has passed. "It's something that affected all of us and keeps affecting us", he said.

"The point is for people to have a good time", Banuchi said.

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