FEMA reverses decision to end emergency food, water aid to Puerto Rico

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 3:14 PM EST

FEMA on Wednesday reversed its decision to end emergency food and water aid to Puerto Rico and will continue to distribute aid, according to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.

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Several U.S. senators took to the Senate floor Wednesday to call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continue providing food and water to the island territory.

“The people of Puerto Rico are still struggling to recover from two massive hurricanes, and cutting off aid to them now would have been a travesty,” Nelson said today. “Reversing this disastrous decision was the right thing to do.”

Nearly six months after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory, some places on the island still lack power and potable water.

FEMA said it has more than 46 million liters of water, two million meals ready to eat and two million snack packs waiting to be distributed.