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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, downed power lines and debris are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Exactly six months after being hit by the hurricane the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Photos show millions of water bottles left on a runway one year after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico


WASHINGTON (Circa) -- A photographer shared photos of a massive stockpile of bottled water left on an airplane runway in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Photographer Abdiel Santana posted the photos online and said he believes the water has been sitting there for a year now.

In Spanish, Santana wrote on Facebook, "Can someone explain this?"

CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud reported the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the water to the central government in 2017 but it’s unclear why the water was not distributed.

The bottles of water are in the city of Ceiba on the east coast of the island, one of the areas hit hardest by the storm.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Maria. Many of the deaths are attributed to power outages and lack of access to healthcare and clean water, according to a study from George Washington University.

The photos come as parts of the east coast of the United States is preparing for Hurricane Florence.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump praised his administration on the response to Hurricane Maria, saying that "Puerto Rico was incredibly successful."

President Trump says U.S. government response was "incredibly successful"

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