U.S. President Donald Trump lifted restrictions on foreign shipping on Thursday to help get fuel and supplies to Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory reels from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the White House said. "We can not be distracted by anything else", Cruz wrote alongside photographs of relief work on the island.
Conditions are not favorable for development into a tropical storm, but locally heavy rainfall is expected over the Leeward Islands, including Dominica; the U.S. Virgin Islands; and Puerto Rico.
Baby food, batteries, box fans, canned goods, cots, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, flash lights, flood pumps, hand sanitizer, first aid items, leather work gloves, new underwear and socks, new bed pillows and blankets, toiletries, utility knives and high capacity generators to restore power for hospitals, water service, and flood pumps. "Food and water on site", Trump tweeted early in the day. And, you know, I hope that he can bring some - a positive message and a message of hope for the people here that there is help on the way because I think we're - no, I know we're going to need it in order to restart the economy here and make this America's paradise, which is what it is.
"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort, " Trump wrote from his New Jersey golf club.
"One of the things this disaster shows is that it's important to have resilience", she says. People remain desperate for supplies more than a week after the hurricane's landing.
The waiver will guarantee the needed equipment to fix infrastructure damaged by the storm and restore emergency services, Duke said in a news release.
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Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has destroyed roads, making it hard to get food, water and fuel around the island. Initial damage estimates are between $40-85 billion, and many residents are pleading for help recovering from the storm, which has caused at least 59 deaths - 24 in Puerto Rico.
"They are all devastated about what's happening there in the island and they are worried" about their families, said Graber. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency. "This is a people-are-dying story", she said.
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".
Federal and municipal authorities have vowed to step up distribution of essential supplies, but long lines for fuel and cash still snaked around main roads of the city on Friday.
Puerto Ricans have been left to fend for themselves. Victims from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma received immediate aid from federal workers, but Puerto Rico has not benefitted from the same treatment.
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