JEA linemen going to Puerto Rico to restore power

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"There is an ample supply of Jones Act-qualified vessels to ensure that cargo is able to reach Puerto Rico", David Lapan, DHS press secretary, said to the Maritime Executive. "The people here are relying on us and we are here for them throughout the process of rebuilding the island".

Hours after the hurricane hit the island as well as the Virgin Islands, President Trump, who was under attack for his rather low-key reaction to the tragedy, described Puerto Rico's electrical grid as "not in good shape to start with", during his appearance at the U.N. September 28.

Puerto Rico in May filed a form of bankruptcy under the Title III provision in the PROMESA law.

"... She was the lone voice (of criticism) that we saw..." A floating U.S. Navy hospital ship has arrived in San Juan to aid storm victims.

One major problem, Evangelista pointed out, is that while help has been arriving in Mexico City, the surrounding areas that also experienced mass devastation from the quake have not received almost enough aid.

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After Hurricane Maria, 95 percent of Puerto Rico still without power (ABC News)Aid Is Getting to Puerto Rico.

Significant progress is being made in the response to hurricane Maria relief efforts, and the top priority of the Department of Defense, working together with FEMA, is to provide support to the affected areas.

Rossello on Monday said he ordered an investigation into complaints that water and food supplies weren't being delivered quickly to people in need in some municipalities, Reuters reported. The letter says independent damage assessments in Puerto Rico are as high as $95 billion - about 150 percent of the island's gross national product. That's less than half of the island's 3.4 million residents. States, on average, typically have 57 percent of Medicaid costs covered by the federal government, according to the report.

The distribution of supplies including food, water and fuel has been a major challenge for the struggling government after Maria wiped out its power grid, flooded roads and crippled the communications system.

More than 90 percent of the island is still without power. And earlier this year, USA lawmakers appropriated an additional $300 million for the island, according to the report. He sent a letter to US airlines serving Puerto Rico requesting they take additional steps to ensure victims of Hurricane Maria are not stuck on the island due to unreasonable fees or exorbitant ticket prices to the mainland United States. Menendez and Booker also led a request for an appropriations bill that would help these American citizens rebuild and provide them the resources needed to restore the islands back to normality.

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