Mob in Puerto Rico storms warehouse after discovering unused disaster supplies from 2017

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 20th, 2020 9:41 am

Last Updated Jan 20th, 2020 at 12:11 pm

An angry crowd stormed a warehouse in Puerto Rico after discovering that it held disaster supplies that had been sitting untouched since Hurricane Maria in 2017. Puerto Rico was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake earlier this month.

Blogger Lorenzo Delgado posted a video on Facebook of people breaking into the warehouse in the city of Ponce. The warehouse held water bottles and other emergency supplies.

"This is outrageous," Ponce Mayor Maria Melendez told reporters. "Everyone knows what us mayors went through after Hurricane Maria and to try and get help to our cities and how we've worked these weeks to provide basic supplies to people affected by earthquakes."

Gov. Wanda Vazquez fired the island's director of emergency management, Carlos Acevedo, and ordered an investigation as a result of the discovery.

Read more: Puerto Rico: More than 250K without water, 500K without power after strongest quake since 1918