Helping Puerto Rico: Here's where and when to donate

In her own tweet, Cruz called on her compatriots to focus on "saving lives" and urged them not to be "distracted by anything else".

EXODUS FEAREDThe storms could also spur further flight from the island, a trend that has increased since Puerto Rico's financial woes came to light in 2015.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Monica, you mentioned earlier that people are talking about a kind of new normal there.

Yet while Alvarez went without antibiotics, the port in San Juan was filled with row after row of containers of food, water and medicine, if only doctors had access to them. Some New Jersey cities have said they will be sending officers to the territory, but Christie said these efforts will have to be organized through the state under the order. "I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying", Cruz said.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said. "The conditions, the desperation that all these people have".

PRE-STORM TROUBLESEven before the storm, many Puerto Rican bonds were already in default or expected to default.The outlook for the bonds, which are already rated Caa3 with a negative outlook, isn't good, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Miranda went on to commend Cruz for her work in Puerto Rico. To those who say the main problem is that Puerto Rico is an island, hard to help, one could say so is Hawaii; in the latter case, a series of islands.

In an update on the situation Thursday, FEMA said "the federal government is working with its interagency and private sector partners to ensure that fuel continues to remain available".

In a series of tweets, Warren posted photos of a town hall-style event attended by MA residents concerned about family members in Puerto Rico.

The Jones Act is problematic for Puerto Rico at this time, because even the most basic of shipments from the U.S.to Puerto Rico - and vice versa - are required to be done through expensive protected ships, instead of being opened up to a global market. "What the American people have to be ready for and the people of Puerto Rico have to be ready for is this is gonna be years long".

Cruz responded, "This is a people-are-dying story". "They're gone, it's not like send a crew in to fix them", he said.

Even though local officials had said publicly as early as September 20, the day of the storm, that the island was "destroyed", the sense of urgency didn't begin to penetrate the White House until Monday, when images of the utter destruction and desperation - and criticism of the administration's response - began to appear on television, one senior administration official said. Puerto Rico has incurred most of the damage.

But he added that more needs to be done: "If Congress doesn't take action with a significant package, then we are looking at a possible humanitarian crisis". Are you seeing shortages right now of necessary supplies?

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