Puerto Rico: 'We are dying,' says San Juan's mayor

Flooding in Catano Puerto Rico

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Celebrities like Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Lin-Manuel Miranda have taken Donald Trump to task after the president criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other Puerto Rican officials who have been pleading for aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.

"We have done an incredible job considering there's absolutely nothing to work with", he told us just yesterday.

Hurricane Maria could cost Puerto Rico $45 billion to $95 billion in damage - a devastating blow to the island's already ailing economy.

In a series of tweets, he also slammed "Fake News CNN and NBC", which he said "are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.'" He said their reports were not fair to the responders or their efforts.

Mr Rossello responded on Twitter to Mr Trump's action: "Thank you @POTUS". "This is the time to show our 'true colours.' We can not be distracted by anything else", she tweeted, along with photos of herself meeting with residents and rescue workers, wading hip-deep through a flooded street and comforting an elderly woman.

On Friday, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz made several pleas for the USA government to help Puerto Rico, where people without food, water, and power are "dying", saying they could "see something close to genocide".

To Puerto Rico officials actually on the ground, dealing with the situation, things look decidedly more grim.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said on MSNBC Friday that progress is being made.

Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior US official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

"General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment", the mayor commented, adding, "So who am I?"

"Dammit, this is not a good-news story". 'This is a people-are- dying story.

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A man checks his cell phone next to a road at night in one of a few places with cell signal in San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. So I am done being polite. I am mad as hell because my people's lives are at stake.

"The end of my statement about good news", Duke said, "was it was good news that the people of Puerto Rico, the many public servants of the United States and the government of Puerto Rico are working together and I do believe that that is the way - part of the way - we believe, and it's nice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other".

Gov. Ricardo Rossello has ordered that all major hospitals be placed on a priority list for receiving diesel.

He tweeted that relief supplies are getting through.

Kamins said fallout from Hurricane Maria could make it all worse. But many remain desperate for necessities, most urgently water, long after the September 20 hurricane.

President Donald Trump has praised the government's response after the hurricane. Cruz criticized the federal government's lackluster response, saying that she "cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island 100 miles by 35 miles long".

He wrapped his rant with a link to donate to relief efforts and the words: "Ok".

The vessel's sailing plan was a Friday departure from Norfolk, Virginia, with up to five days before it would reach Puerto Rico.

"I am begging you to take charge and save lives".

NPR's Mandalit del Barco spoke to 8-year-old Yan Anthony Hernandez, who is staying at a shelter in the city of Aguadilla on Puerto Rico's northwestern coast.

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