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US: Puerto Rico lacked leadership, communication post-storm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal officials on Thursday blamed a lack of leadership, money and communication in Puerto Rico for setting back hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. territory. FEMA Deputy Regional Administrator Ahsha Tribble said the island's bureaucracy and the power company's inability to pay for supplies it ordered after Hurricane Maria slowed efforts to restore electricity. Nearly half a million power customers remain in the dark more than four months after the Category 4 storm, which destroyed two-thirds of the power distribution system, killed dozens of people and caused up to an estimated $94 billion in damage.