The rest will be distributed through 2018 for reconstruction and economic recovery projects in Puerto Rico and to support resettlement efforts in MA. "They are being told to call a particular number but that number is not working", Del Valle told The Daily Caller Friday.
The majority of the items are being transported to port in Key West, Florida on trucks supplied by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. "The situation calls for an immediate response by the USA military to provide security and distribution to these remote areas", Sen.
The 100-year-old federal law was originally created to protect US interests by limiting shipping to American ports by foreign vessels, but critics say the Jones Act makes it twice as expensive to ship things from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico.
She's also concerned about vital goods reaching everyone on the island but has hope the process will become more organized. It has not issued a similar waiver to support Puerto Rican relief efforts.More news: Myanmar, Bangladesh Plan to Repatriate Rohingya Muslims
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, conditions on the ground remain dire and it appears there are fundamental problems associated with the recovery efforts to date. The fund will be run by a board of 10 to 12 experts from the Puerto Rican community in MA.
Additionally, the Greater New York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU will work together on a three-pronged approach to provide medical assistance to Puerto Rico.
"There is a crisis in Puerto Rico where food, fuel, water and medicine is sitting at the docks and not getting out to the remote parts of the island". The logistical chain in Puerto Rico isn't just broken, at this point it is virtually non-existent.
On Thursday, the White House temporarily waived the Jones Act - the 1920 legislation which had prevented foreign ships from delivering supplies from USA ports to Puerto Rico. Port Authority workers will help unload and prepare aid shipments at the port of San Juan. In response to Governor Rosselló's request, Governor Cuomo immediately made available more than 34,000 bottles of water, 9,600 ready to eat meals, 3,000 canned goods, 500 flashlights, 1,400 cots, 1,400 blankets, 1,400 pillows and 10 10kw generators.