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Gov. Baker talks to governor of Puerto Rico, offers aid

Gov. Baker talks to governor of Puerto Rico, offers aid

With help from several Puerto Ricans living in Utah, including Jeffrey Mendez, who is the VP of Sales for Vivint Smart Home, he's launched a Hurricane Maria Relief Drive.

That's something Reinaldo Franqui Machin can relate to.

Nicole Hernandez was supposed to reunite with her dad and other family on Puerto Rico this week for a family cruise.

The island's governor says the situation is growing more dire by the minute.

"When we call for help, we're not calling for "give me a little bit more food" help we're calling for "give a baby some water" help", said Cruz. Communication is just awful. "I started reaching out to physicians that I know in the island. It's imperative that Florida is prepared accordingly to ensure that people have access to schools, housing, jobs, and the public health services they desperately need". "Nobody can get there", Machin said.

"Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars ... owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with". They have to stay there. But CBS reported that only 21 of 69 hospitals have power or fuel, and two people on life support already died when their hospital ran out of fuel.

Amid a shrinking economy, the island has defaulted on its bonds and, in May, filed for bankruptcy to escape from more than $70bn of debt.

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"It's hard when you have kids: You want to make sure they have enough food", said Manteiga.

And before those mobile emergency rooms can be built, so-called strike teams immediately hit the ground and head to remote areas where help is most needed.

"We are collaborating with the federal government in emergency response and have received a tremendous outpour of solidarity from people all over the nation", he said.

In a letter to Billboard's readers, Miranda shares memories of his time spent at the home of his grandparents in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

The president's rosy assessment came amid mounting criticism that he has appeared far less engaged in the recovery efforts of a USA territory with a long history of unequal treatment than for those in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes in those states.

Trump has come under fire for tweeting repeatedly over the weekend about American football players kneeling during the national anthem while failing to mention Puerto Rico.

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