Pelosi: Deploy military to ease crisis in Puerto Rico

Spokesman David Lapan said most of the humanitarian shipments to Puerto Rico will be through barges, which make up a significant portion of the USA -flagged cargo fleet.

Warnings that Puerto Rico's Guajataca Dam could fail were extended into Monday afternoon, as few people evacuated the area.

Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, has called for a greater federal response to the disaster, which left at least 13 people dead. Supplies and aid are headed to the island from the USA mainland Monday, but without power and the ability to communicate (CNN reports that 95 percent of wireless sites are out of service), ensuring that aid reaches the most vulnerable Puerto Ricans will prove hard.

"I'm afraid that perhaps other events have garnered more attention than this one, when the force of nature, the impact that this has had, the devastation is equal to those events", Rossello said.

We are collecting batteries, flashlights, manual/crank chargers, small-denomination gift cards for Home Depot, Walgreens and Walmart, and water purification tablets to take to Puerto Rico and hand out to the hardest hit of the population. Hurricane Maria left devastating damage and affected hundreds of thousands - that's why I made a decision to create this fundraiser to help provide basic needs and rebuild all that was lost.

"Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and today Puerto Rico needs our help", Lopez said at Manhattan's Javits Center, where donations will be coordinated, the New York Daily News reported.

Hapgood says they plan for soldiers and airmen to be gone for two week, but they are not sure if it will take longer or take less time. Infrastructure on the island was heavily damaged many roads and bridges were knocked out and parts of the island are without running water.

"You have a population of 3.4 million people living in dire, dire straits", Rivera said.

According to the hurricane centre, Maria is about 75 miles (120 km) east of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. As of the time of writing, it is unknown when communication towers will be back up.

She announced her donation at a press conference with NY governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday.

Across Puerto Rico, large populations remain without power or aid.

The White House told CNN the President would visit the island territory, but that a date has not yet been confirmed.

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