Victims are also facing shortages of basic resources, like food and water.
"We've gotten A-pluses on Texas and in Florida, and we will also on Puerto Rico", Trump said. "The second night we were there, I talked to my husband and I said 'I'm sorry honey we're going to have to change our plans".
President Trump, whose been criticized for his administration's response to the emergency in Puerto Rico, vowed Wednesday "we will be there every step of the way until this job is done". Waiving the restriction would allow Puerto Rico to receive supplies, not only from US ships, but nearby ports as well.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump).It's old electrical grid, which was in bad shape, was devastated. "We need to take swift action", Rossello said at a news conference Monday in the capital San Juan.
Despite the challenges, "what I saw throughout the community was resiliency". Satellite phones are critical in allowing senior government officials to communicate with local leaders in some of the hardest-hit areas. The mayor said some have been without food and water since Hurricane Irma clipped the island, two weeks before Maria. Barack Obama announced via Twitter Tuesday that the campaign is expanding to include Puerto Rico and the USVI. While access to the island is limited, flights to and from San Juan are available.
"My mother needs dialysis".
"We kept calling constantly", said Rivera. Some people say, I read it this morning, it's literally destroyed.
"Just yesterday we have been canvassing one by one all of our elderly homes, finding our elderly, and I'm not kidding, we have to transfer 11 of them, in near-death conditions", Cruz told CNN's "New Day".
Puerto Rico remains without power, except for generators, and phone service is spotty, as officials struggle to provide food and water to those affected by the worst storm to hit the island of 3.4 million in almost a century. "And what you're bound to see is a massive exodus of Puerto Ricans into the mainland". Santiago hopes to go to Puerto Rico this weekend and help look for his sister.