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Hurricane Maria devastation has Puerto Rico calling for more relief aid

28 September 2017

Critics are accusing the Trump administration of responding slowly to the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico, complaining that it did not take FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - nearly a week to arrive in Texas and Florida after punishing hurricanes there. "And people want to, you know, make sure they're able to rebuild, and to get the aid that they need in the island".

Emotions overwhelm Carmen Evans whenever she talks about her family in Puerto Rico.

"Congress is working with the administration to ensure necessary resources get to the US territory".

"It was just getting too hard not hearing from them to have to go through that by ourselves", Katherine Martinez said.

Upon returning from a visiting the island Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said power crews were needed as soon as possible, warning of the "potential for serious crisis".

There are also a link to donate directly to Puerto Rico.

The utter devastation suffered from Hurricane Maria on the United States territory of Puerto Rico has the citizens desperate for help from federal agencies as the conditions are reaching a critical stage for many. "We've been here 26 hours", one woman said. He said that Puerto Rican residents would have to pay at least twice as much for food, drinking water and other supplies without the waiver.

"Why can't food and water be sent there right now, I mean there are babies who are naked in strollers their parents are fanning them", Begnaud asked Rosselló. "I don't feel safe here", said Doris Montalvo, who was at the airport Tuesday night, trying to get home to CT with her daughter, three grandchildren and her daughter's boyfriend.

He said a "massive" effort to help people recover from the hurricane is under way and pledged that the federal government will pick up 100% of the bill for removing the debris left in the wake of Maria.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello did not mince words describing the damage in an interview with CNN. "It's going to be a problem for us, it's going to be a problem for mainland as well".

Hurricane Maria devastation has Puerto Rico calling for more relief aid