Thousands of emergency supply containers are trapped at Puerto Rico's port

Jose A. Rivera right and his brother Jose Ramon Rivera look over their destroyed plantain crops in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. For as far as they could see every one of the 14,000 trees was down. “There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico,”

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he planned to visit Puerto Rico amid desperate pleas for more help. It mandates all goods shipped between US ports must be carried on USA ships - including goods shipped to Puerto Rico.

According to CNN, White House staffers on Monday had been planning for the president to head to the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a Puerto Rico trip to come later.

He said he has been speaking with members of Congress from both parties who have supported an emergency waiver.

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A week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of its residents remain without power, access to clean water and little to no food. A waiver was granted to lift the Jones Act during the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey. "We right now have our top people from FEMA, and they have been there".

Lawmakers, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, had pushed the government to waive the Act.

The ports are reopening, but the flow of relief is slower than it should be - not because it's not available, but because of a 1920 protectionist law called the Jones Act. Being from Houston, in part of the 50 states where emergency help is accessible and graciously offered, it makes me sad to see the way Puerto Rico is being forgotten in much of the news. Without electricity, the US territory can not pump and filter water for tap, and there aren't enough generators to fill in, or diesel to fuel them. Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments from the US mainland to Puerto Rico and between ports there.

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The agency says there are three most effective ways the public can help.

Rihanna sent Mr Trump a video, shared by a person on Instagram who criticised the lack of media attention on the struggles in hospitals in Puerto Rico. After the devastating quake in Haiti in January 2010, the US military sent ships and the skies seemed to be filled with heavy-lift helicopters and planes carrying emergency relief, though the scale of that disaster was far worse.

Maria struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane last Wednesday, with winds up to 155 miles (249 km) per hour, leveling structures across the island and killing at least 16 people.

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