President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas.
"[Three thousand] people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump wrote.
The report said the 2,975 deaths occurred between the time the storm hit in September 2017 and February 2018.
The Republican president suggested the hurricane death toll was artificially inflated by adding those who passed away from natural causes such as old age.
Ramos told ABC he's not sure how long the bottles have been sitting there, but a report from the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration says FEMA made a delivery of "excess bottled water" in April.
CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that Trump is "Apparently of the belief that the death toll is about him and not about approximately 3,000 dead American citizens".
Trump said Tuesday during a briefing on a Category 4 hurricane approaching the Eastern Seaboard that last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico was the "hardest one by far" because it happened on an island.
The estimate of almost 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electrical grid was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. "If you're in Florence's path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success".
According to a new Washington Post Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 50 percent of Puerto Ricans say people in their households could not get enough water to drink in the year since Maria.
The administration's efforts in Puerto Rico received widespread criticism. He called on the governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello to launch an official independent investigation into the incident. He also said he was still waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal.