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Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding

28 September 2017

"This is Puerto Rico's Katrina", Letty Concepcion, who is traveling with the group, told teleSUR.

"So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace", Skerrit said.

Tonight, he's defending himself, and the white house releasing this photo of a meeting in the situation room, to signal they are doing all they can.

He said he may also stop in the US Virgin Islands during the Tuesday trip.

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Some Puerto Ricans on Long Island are criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Critics are accusing the Trump administration of responding slowly to the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico, complaining that it did not take FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - nearly a week to arrive in Texas and Florida after punishing hurricanes there.

Relief efforts were complicated by the fact that it is an island, which now faces a "long and very, very hard restoration process", Trump said. "I felt like everything was ending, not knowing what they were doing, if they were hungry, if they needed me", Vicens said.

Maria was the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.

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"The Puerto Rican people [have been] incredible, taking care of them, charging their cell phones".

Among those who called him out, the mayor of San Juan, who said, "You don't put debt above people, you put people above debt". He said that Puerto Rican residents would have to pay at least twice as much for food, drinking water and other supplies without the waiver.

President Trump says he'll visit the island next week, planning a Tuesday trip to survey the damage. "Doing that at a time when many US mariners in this region have had their homes damaged, their lives uprooted and now they need to work, to take that away is not something you want to do".

The governor specifically lauded the administration's initial deployment of over 10,000 federal staff to help rebuild and fix the stricken United States territory. Rural areas, in particular, are not getting the supplies they need.

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At one hospital, which is barely operating because of a lack of electricity, people are forced to rely on a few generators while they wait for more to arrive.

Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding