Trump Tweets Puerto Rico Is 'In Deep Trouble'

Michael Noble Jr. AP

The island's government asked a judge on Monday to defer key deadlines in its bankruptcy case as it grapples with Maria's devastation.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that some ports will reopen and that will help commerce.

"Its old electrical grid, which was in bad shape, was devastated". Following weeks of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Guard is now fully focused on relief efforts in San Juan and throughout the island.

Leading Democrats called for swift action to help the island.

The storm also flattened farms.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated Spanish-speaking us territory with a poverty rate of almost 45 percent, declared a form of bankruptcy in May.

Maria left the entire island in the dark. Authorities have told about 8,000 residents to evacuate.

San Juan is more of a rural environment, the mayor explained, and there are still many people who have not been found, and the people who are being found are in a risky situations.

It could be months before they restore power as fix efforts just begin to get underway, officials say.

Power restoration efforts are now underway.

Officials said 40 percent of water customers now have water.

Trump did not offer any additional federal government assistance for the USA territory, after the states were struck by both Harvey and Irma.

It's appalling how, at a time when millions of American citizens are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, the president of the country is not only blatantly ignoring their plight but also sprinkling salt into their wounds instead of stepping up recovery efforts. "People can not forget we are USA citizens - and proud of it".

Photo shows Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. Generators are providing power to the fortunate few who have them.

Long said search and rescue operations are still ongoing and more than 10,000 people are there to help clean up.

FEMA chief Brock Long appeared alongside Rossello and said the agency was "working around the clock" to fix crucial infrastructure and save lives.

In response, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz asked Trump to treat hurricane relief and Puerto Rico's debt as "two different issues".



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