Noviembre 29, 2020

Port Authority of NY and NJ sending help to Puerto Rico

30 Setiembre 2017, 05:24 | Bibiana Flor

President Donald Trump also defended his administration's response to the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico on Friday, tweeting a quote from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló he said on CNN. This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. It's - they've been devastated.

There are not enough truck drivers, and the ones who are there are finding many roads impassable. Instead, they're caring for families and cleaning up flood damage - and contending with the curfew. The most needed fuel right now is diesel.

Miller said the supplies that have made it off their ships are FEMA loads, which have been sent to FEMA distribution centers on the island.

Ms. Duke, who was visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, said that it was "nice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other".

"The waivers make sense in instances where there's a need and a demand and we've exhausted all possible USA flagged resources", said Klaus Luhta, vice president of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, a union that represents crews on USA -flagged vessels. We've lost communication, as with everything in Puerto Rico, with numerous drivers and trucks.

"Priority right now is on the government relief cargo", Miller said.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for military action. "These NC Guard engineers are no strangers to disaster recovery missions having deployed to SC in 2015 to aid in severe flooding recovery, Hurricane Matthew a year ago, and supported debris removal missions this month in western North Carolina from the effects of Hurricane Irma", said Col. Tim Aiken, NC Guard's Director of Joint Operations.

It's a frustrating situation for Haydee Gonzalez in Middleburg, whose parents live in Puerto Rico.

Cuomo said a ship dubbed "The Empire State", belonging to SUNY Maritime, was already near Key West and ready to deliver dozens of pallets of supplies that have been collected over the past week at relief drives throughout the city. "I know that the overall effort has not satiated the need".

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security denied a Jones Act waiver request for Puerto Rico, citing the available capacity in the USA fleet.

"I'm not going to second guess what FEMA does", Cuomo said.

Her parents live in Reparto Montellano, Cayey, Puerto Rico.

Four days later, those containers and others filled with goods for the stores such as Home Depot and Walgreen's have been languishing at the port. Retailers hobbled by broken distribution chains and damaged stores have opened only a few outlets, and customers have had to wait in long lines.

Puerto Ricans have fought with courage and distinction for Uncle Sam in every conflict since World War I. Their sacrifice has been recognized with countless distinctions and medals.

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