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Minnesotans urged to support relief for Puerto Rico

30 Setiembre 2017, 06:54 | Bibiana Flor

Minnesotans urged to support relief for Puerto Rico

Minnesotans urged to support relief for Puerto Rico

Thousands of cargo containers bearing millions of emergency meals and other relief supplies have been piling up on San Juan's docks since Saturday - and might not reach storm survivors for days.

President Trump issued an order Thursday loosening restrictions imposed by the century-old Jones Act, which normally requires all goods headed for Puerto Rico be shipped on American vessels operated by Americans. A team of state engineers was sent last week. A total restoration of power to the USA territory is expected to take months.

Lt. Col. Marcus Mainz described the situation to Villafranca. "We've done a really good job".

The San Juan mayor has been the loudest voice speaking out as respectfully as possible against the Trump administration's red tape and lack of action, while Puerto Rico's governor has been praising President Trump every chance he gets.

Sailors and Marines from the USS Kearsarge were on the island the morning after Maria hit. They were launched by air and by boat from the U.S. Navy's USS Kearsarge.


In 2008, still affiliated with the party, she was elected to the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico.

"This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen".

The island's power generation plant has been "wiped out", the president said, adding, "It's not like, Let's go back and fix it".

Many parts of Puerto Rico are cut off, with communications down.

"FEMA does have people in Puerto Rico", she says.


On the way there, Begnaud passed a military convoy - one of the first signs that help was finally on the way.

The relief efforts are centered in Holyoke, where the population is 50 percent Latino - largely made up of Puerto Ricans - and Springfield with a 39 percent Latino population. Looting is reportedly becoming more widespread.

"Of course, I do".

"It's hard to get goods from a ship onto the island and then distribute it", Reisman said. "And the response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this", Trump said during a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington on Friday.

"And a very big question is, what are we going to do with the power plant? And it's not going to be Wall Street that protects us from climate chaos". "It's a mistake not to get up again". We should be doing everything we can and all that we can and we should be addressing the need.




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