As Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of fuel, water and medical supplies following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, it is pressing the Trumpadministration to lift a prohibition on foreign ships delivering supplies from the us mainland.
The administration has been facing criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million US citizens. Rodríguez-Andino sayshe's seeing some signs that help from Uncle Sam is on the way, though, with aid trucks moving through town and increased air traffic at the San Juan airport. More than3 million people remain without power and are short of food, fuel, and medicine. Generators are being distributed to hospitals, but there's no telling how long it'll be used for.
Some Floridians are stuck in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria disrupted flights.
"This is really a state of emergency what's happening in Puerto Rico in some ways is way worse than Hurricane Katrina", Vazquez said.
Those involved in the effort are asking other hospitals and universities in CT and around the country to consider doing the same. It was not immediately clear how FEMA planned to distribute that water to the island's population. Communications are still spotty on the island.
In response to the devastation that Hurricane Maria has caused in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all five of the living former US presidents are fundraising for disaster relief. Reutersreported that those without tickets might not be able to buy any for another week. Flights to the island are now infrequent and roads are blocked with debris.
The Riveras tried to get off the island before Hurricane Maria hit, but American Airlines cancelled their flight. Two airlines, CNN reports, are exclusively operating relief flights.