Puerto Rico is preparing to launch a food aid program for Hurricane Maria victims as the island prepares to celebrate the hurricane’s landfall.
The relief effort has been called the largest in the U.S. and the most costly since World War II, but Puerto Rico’s President Pedro Pablo Rosselló said Tuesday that the island has already spent $200 billion.
Rosselló was responding to an American Red Cross report that showed Puerto Rico was spending $1.2 billion more than expected on food and other supplies.
“This is a disaster for us,” Rossello said at a news conference.
“We need to make the best of this situation.”
In response, the U .
Treasury Department said it would provide $300 million to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has $10.8 billion in debt owed to the U: The Puerto Rico International Financial Institutions Corporation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U -S.
Agency for International Development.