How You Can Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

  • How You Can Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

How You Can Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city, said Friday the situation has been worsening with severe shortages of food, water and fuel.

A week after Hurricane Maria left millions of Puerto Ricans in the dark and without water, President Donald Trump has finally waived the shipping restrictions of the Jones Act for the USA territory.

In Washington, the acting USA homeland security secretary, Elaine Duke, said yesterday that the federal response has been a good-news story.

Cruz said she wasn't alone in concluding that federal action to help the USA commonwealth recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20, had been inadequate so far.

The DC-8 "can move some serious freight" confided Wolfe, who was excited to report some good news for beleaguered islanders.

Gas, food, water, a cell signal. It's up to you whether to go with a local charity that might know the area better, or a national charity that has wider reach.

Tensions over Washington's handling of the recovery effort boiled over Friday as a tearful Cruz said at a press conference, "We are dying here" and called on President Trump to put someone in charge of the relief effort who "is up to the task of saving lives". "I think it's appropriate in response to the level of devastation", the governor said. "The conditions, the desperation that all these people have". "It's smart to just give and say that it can be used wherever it's most needed".

Rihanna joins a growing list of celebrities, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Marc Anthony, who have criticized the president for his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Trump said that he plans to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday along with the First Lady. "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics. for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles", Cruz added. But Graber is also realistic that things are tough right now in Puerto Rico. "This is a "people are dying" story".

Most of St. Croix, the largest of the three major islands in that territory, remained without electricity and cellular communications nine days after Maria struck.

The bishops stressed that as people rebuild houses, churches or roads, they also need to fix "the damage that does not allow us to grow as a people and to progress as a nation".

After some reluctance, the Trump administration authorized a waiver on Thursday to loosen shipping rules for Puerto Rico, potentially paving the way for more deliveries of fuel and other critical supplies. The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.

"Uninsured losses are going to be huge, because they have no money they have nothing to fall back on", Padilla said.

"This is not just happening to people who are in Puerto Rico, but anyone who identifies themselves as Puerto Rican".