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Chicago sends relief supplies to Puerto Rico victims

30 September 2017

On Friday, the mayor of San Juan begged to differ with Elaine Duke's assessment.

But Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, heatedly denied that. "You want to make sure they have enough food", said Manteiga. But on that front, she ran into winds as fierce as Maria. "And I haven't heard from him", said Gonzalez. Store shelves are bare as residents struggle to find food and especially water in the aftermath of the storm. They'll be on the island for 30 days. But many remain desperate for necessities, most urgently water, long after the September 20 hurricane.

Cruz became involved in Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party in 2003, and was elected president of its women's organization.

"Today is going to be a very difficult and hard day", Rabin said. "It's been wiped out".

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"Everything has been wiped out. we're literally starting from scratch", President Donald Trump said in Washington on Friday morning.

Trump said he was not aware of Duke's "good-news" remark. "I know that the overall effort has not satiated the need".

Puerto Rico is in desperate need for such generosity; not only from its fellow citizens in the USA, but also from the federal government itself.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - it will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", he said.

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Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes".

On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to U.S. ports by foreign vessels.

Around 44% of Puerto Ricans lack access to drinking water, and utility officials say it may takes months before electricity is restored, allowing clean water to begin flowing again. In addition to activation of 1,460 members of the National Guard, the governors of NY and New Jersey are sending emergency teams. "This hurricane was catastrophic".

Bush famously told his emergency management director, Michael Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during what proved to be a tragically inept federal response to deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2008, still affiliated with the party, she was elected to the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico.

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Cruz responded, "This is a people-are-dying story". Even with moves to ease shipping to the island, like the Trump administration's waiver of the Jones Act on Thursday, the facilities have become choke points in the effort to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria.