Trump weighs lifting shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico; industry opposed

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Dunn said her mother said they stood in line at a store for hours just to be told that the store was out of water.

'Will my dad get his cancer treatment?'

Rubio said the territory's existing damage from Hurricane Irma before Maria hit the island, combined with an ongoing fiscal crisis that rendered Puerto Rico's power utility essentially bankrupt earlier this year, makes it harder to restore basic services.

Image copyright Getty Images How bad is the situation on Puerto Rico?

For starters, most of the island's 3.4 million people still don't have electricity.

But Maria knocked out the USA territory's entire power grid, crippling its water and sewage treatment system. We can use more help.

While shipping the aid to Puerto Rico is one challenge, the U.S. Homeland Security Department says that moving the aid from ports into towns and neighborhoods is a much larger problem.

Ayala said the company can't get enough truck drivers or trucks filled up with diesel to pick up supplies for distribution across the island. We are U.S. citizens.

Another video sent from Rihanna, who was born and raised in Barbados, to the president saw San Juan's mayor crying over the "humanitarian crisis" in the country.

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Media captionUS Navy evacuates residents from storm-devastated Dominica How is the US responding? He tweeted that relief supplies are getting through.

According to CNN, White House staffers on Monday had been planning for the president to head to the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a Puerto Rico trip to come later. With the commonwealth on the brink of a public health crisis, many in the Baltimore area are anxious about their families back home.

But the Trump administration has not waived a USA law that would allow foreign vessels to assist in Puerto Rico's relief effort.

The Jones Act requires that goods shipped between USA ports be carried by vessels built in the US, majority-owned by American firms and crewed by US citizens.

The regulation was created to promote the American commercial shipping industry.

In other parts of the Midlands, retired Army engineers like Jerry Montalvo is trying to raise money to send himself and three others to Puerto Rico to volunteer clearing debris from the roads.

The cost of living in Puerto Rico is also higher as a result. Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Miami, while countries like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are closer.

The Trump administration waived the act after recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which battered Florida and Texas.