Puerto Rico's aid is trapped in 9500 shipping containers

'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico; Island faces humanitarian crisis Governor says

Hospitalized children at risk in Puerto Rico due to lack of fuel

The Governor of Puerto Rico said he expected Trump to waive the century-old law.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the act was lifted Thursday morning, and it "will go into effect immediately".

"I have reached out to Florida port directors to ask them to help expediate (sic) resources to Puerto Rico through the many shipping and cargo businesses that use their facilities", Scott said in a statement.

The presenter of the video said the hospital she was in had "no water, no cash", and added that "the hospital is completely full with no generators, so they have open windows".

Trump has faced criticism for the White House's response to the damage in Puerto Rico, which was devastated after a direct hit by the Category 4 hurricane's torrential rain and 150 miles per hour wind on September 20.

While Puerto Rico tries to slowly recover from Hurricane Maria, drugmakers, who operate more than 50 plants and distribution centers on the island, are working to prevent shortages.

Nationally, Republicans and Democrats are warning President Donald Trump to ramp up the federal response as Puerto Rico faces a humanitarian crisis.

The Jones Act limits shipping between coasts to US -flagged vessels.

On Thursday, the Trump administration waived a law to allow foreign vessels to assist in Puerto Rico's relief effort.

A week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico leaving the island with a grave agriculture crisis, Donald Trump waives the historic Jones Act, a bill preventing foreign ships from importing goods and services to the US colony.

But the Department of Homeland Security said that getting more fuel to the island wouldn't address its main problem, which is ports damaged by the storm.

"But critically, what we need is equipment", and people, either national or state troops, Rossello said. "You have to remember that not only did Irma come through and create quite a bit of damage and destruction that we were working to fix, but Maria was. one of the strongest storms that Puerto Rico's seen since the 20's and let's face it, the infrastructure is weak and there were no building codes and so there is a lot of devastation and we understand that".

Trump himself said as much when chatting with reporters briefly Wednesday: "We're thinking" about lifting it, he said, but "a lot of people who are in the shipping industry don't want it" lifted.

By waiving the Jones Act, the United States will allow for more rapid delivery of aid to Puerto Rico. "We have no idea of the full magnitude.Nothing good happens after eight days in the tropics without food or water".

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