The Office of the Inspector General of the United States determined that the Federal Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA, for its acronym in English) did not adequately handle the distribution of aid to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.
A report published yesterday found that the federal agency lost track of 38% of the aid that was sent to the Island in 2017 after these two phenomena. The estimated cost of these lost aid is $ 257 million, according to the report.
The aid that did reach its destination took about 69 days to reach the victims.
The report lists the lack of supervision of contractors as one of the main reasons for these problems and points to the federal agency not to use resources such as global positioning systems or GPS, for its acronym in English.
“Given that the tract of these shipments was lost, FEMA cannot assure that it sent aid to the disaster survivors in Puerto Rico to guarantee life and alleviate suffering,” the report indicates.
The report also details violations of transportation contracts, which it attributes to poor planning that did not meet the needs of transoceanic transportation. This involved additional costs of $ 179 million “and at least $ 50 million in questionable expenses.”