Family ties: NY rushes aid to ravaged Puerto Rico

Lloyd Doyle
September 29, 2017

But Trump and others have also paid special attention to Puerto Rico's debt in recent days, prompting concern that the fiscal oversight board to which Congress past year delegated financial authority over the island would prioritize bondholders over Puerto Ricans' recovery needs. The island also has sparse food, fuel, clean water, and cellular phone service.

Donald Trump took a tiny break from feuding with the National Football League last night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but the mayor of San Juan says the president only muddled matters by equating the lack of food, water, and shelter for millions with the island's debt crisis. In the tearful interview, Cruz pleaded with federal officials to pick up the pace of their response activity; without quick action, hundreds of lives will be lost, she warned.

Both Morris and Rodriguez shared how the people of Puerto Rico need more help. 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.

"It was a lot of power lines, you name it, trees everywhere, sheet metals everywhere, it looked like a combat zone", Morris said.

"I feel so bad for the people of Puerto Rico right now, for the suffering", Morris said.

Duke said that after she spoke to CNN on Thursday, and noted there were several supply containers sitting at the port and that there was trouble getting the materials out to those who needed them, she got a call from the White House and FEMA was immediately deployed.

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People queue to fill containers with water from a tank truck in Canovanas Puerto Rico

"There is no food in supermarkets".

New York's ties to the USA island territory are strong: NY state has the nation's biggest Puerto Rican community outside the island itself. He was heading to San Juan on Friday to survey the damage from last week's massive storm.

The 8:55 a.m. flight is sold out.

That includes American Airlines flight attendant Kassadra Del Valle, who has bought 15 generators and multiple cases of water from Costco.

Other U.S. airlines, including Southwest, American, United and Delta have also aided Puerto Rico by carrying supplies to the island and by flying evacuees out of the U.S. territory free of charge.


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