FDA Commissioner Issues Statement On Puerto Rico Aid

Kevin Carman an Energy Department manager surveys power lines in eastern Puerto Rico during a flyover in a Black Hawk helicopter on Oct. 5 2017

Kevin Carman an Energy Department manager surveys power lines in eastern Puerto Rico during a flyover in a Black Hawk helicopter on Oct. 5 2017

Now that Hurricane Maria has dealt another blow to Puerto Rico's fragile water supply, the Puerto Rican government must commit to rebuilding water infrastructure in a sustainable way, or else water issues will continue to plague the island for decades to come. The letter says independent damage assessments in Puerto Rico are as high as $95 billion - about 150 percent of the island's gross national product.

Editor's Note: The FDA reports that pharmaceutical and biological drug products and medical devices produced on the island account for about 30 percent of Puerto Rico's gross domestic product.

One major problem, Evangelista pointed out, is that while help has been arriving in Mexico City, the surrounding areas that also experienced mass devastation from the quake have not received almost enough aid.

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Puerto Rico in May filed a form of bankruptcy under the Title III provision in the PROMESA law.

"That day, the head of FEMA, Brock Long", referred to her comments as "political noise" that the disaster response agency is filtering out.

"We got really high marks on Florida, Louisiana, Texas and I think did at least as well in Puerto Rico, the problem is that Puerto Rico was in bad shape before the hurricanes ever got there", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been criticized for his meager federal response to Hurricane Maria, from failing to mention the disaster for several days to throwing paper towels at residents on a short visit to the Caribbean island, which is a colony of the United States. "There was no part of the 3.5 million people, no part of the island that was not dramatically affected by this".

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Kuperman said they have been reaching out to people in the community to figure out the most effective ways to help.

In a joint effort with other senators, including U.S. Sen.

Tesla is also working on efforts to help Puerto Rico, TechCrunch reported.

The event organizers aren't quite sure yet where they'd like to donate the money, but they're looking specifically for organizations that are helping to rebuild and provide things that people need immediately, such as housing and clean water.

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"There has been great collaboration with the [Department of Defense], with the federal government, with the state governments", Rossello said on MSNBC Monday. Puerto Rico is vital to the health and wellbeing of all Americans. "As a result, in addition to the immediate humanitarian crisis, Puerto Rico is on the verge of a massive liquidity crisis that will intensify in the immediate future". "But the local support disappears eventually, and that's when they need the extra support".

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