December 16 2017

Locals ready to open doors to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

December 16 2017, 03:03 | Jodi Jackson

Credit Courtesy 101st ABN DIV

Credit Courtesy 101st ABN DIV

"We want to be able to do whatever we can where ever we see people in such dire and awful need", she said.

Almost one week after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas, and money from banks.

But many people feel that the promised federal relief has failed to materialize. The organization also announced Tuesday that more federal aid was being sent to Puerto Rico.

As Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of fuel, water and medical supplies following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, it is pressing the Trump administration 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 says he'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 than 3 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. Reuters reported 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.

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