After Maria, mainland Puerto Ricans piece together family updates

Posted September 28, 2017

On the app Zello, which allows people to use their smartphones as walkie-talkies to communicate with many people on private channels, voices crackled one after another on Wednesday in a mix of Spanish and heavily accented English.

Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, numerous more than 3.4 million us citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water and fuel.

He says he may also visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Every single town has been affected in some way".

The Air Force is also further increasing airport throughput capacity in San Juan by assisting the Federal Aviation Administration with air traffic control repairs. Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) has also long called for a full repeal of the law. The island mostly recovered.

On the island, 44 percent of the people don't have access to clean drinking water.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is seen in port as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. A similar law called the Passenger Vessel Act was passed in 1886 and prevented foreign built and owned ships from ferrying passengers from one USA port to another. "We right now have our top people from FEMA, and they have been there".

There are many ways to get involved and help those in desperate need of support in Puerto Rico. She's called and texted but she knows it makes little difference.

However, the Trump administration said Monday it would not waive federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo as it had following Harvey and Irma. This deadly disease, spread by contaminated water, has been known to devastate post-disaster zones lacking in adequate emergency responses.

Acevedo says she had to take the role of head of household when the hurricane hit.

More than a week after Hurricane Maria obliterated islands in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, some MSU students are still not sure if their families are okay.

Puerto Rico was in trouble before Maria ravaged the island.

Territorial officials have pleaded for years for Congress to bail them out of Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt.

"Just seeing their phone number pop up on caller ID and their pictures, the emotion was like ten times receiving the best Christmas gift I'd ever gotten", she said. "It's life or death", San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told the news agency.

"We want to be able to do whatever we can where ever we see people in such dire and bad need", she said. He said his had has a medical condition and needs electricity for his treatment-most of the island is without power.

He says barges bringing in supplies and equipment take days to arrive, and once they get to the island, it's hard to distribute the items.

The 890-foot (270-meter) Comfort, originally created to treat U.S. troops wounded in combat, has taken on a secondary mission during the past decade as a major asset for the Navy to deploy in response to natural disasters.

"It's not just a matter of rebuilding a few homes", Montano says.

"Northern Command continues to conduct 24-hour operations, aggressively conducting search and rescue operations, bringing additional essential commodities to the islands, and restoring power at hospitals, ports, airports and other critical facilities", according to the service.

Jacksonville, Florida-based shipper Crowley Maritime Corp. will by the week's end have delivered 3,600 containers of medicine, food, hygienic and other federal aid, spokesman Mark Miller said Wednesday.