Slow moving aid from US frustrates Puerto Ricans

Many Puerto Ricans are accusing the US of being sluggish in its aid response even as President Trump defended the recovery efforts made by his administration.

SAN JUAN (REUTERS) - A week after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, frustrated residents are still waiting to see the aid that the US is delivering. 
Just west of San Juan in Canovanas, locals crowded a water truck filling all the containers they could carry. 

They said it was the first one they had seen since the storm hit the US territory.

"Help Puerto Rico a little more because I know there can be more help. We can use more help. We are US citizens. We are supposed to be treated equally," said Juan Cruz, a resident from San Juan. 

"The aid is too slow. They say that it is coming from the United States, but who are they giving it to because I haven't received any at my house? No one has knocked on my door and said-here is some rice," said Joselyn Velasquez, another San Juan resident. 

At the port in San Juan, a manager for Crowley Shipping told Reuters thousands of containers of aid are being stored at the terminal, but they are waiting for streets to be cleared before dispatching the supplies to Puerto Rican families. 

 

The first federal responders have also just begun to access the harder hit regions like Yauco where FEMA officials arrived on Monday (Sept 25). 

 

The town was submerged in mud after water from a swollen river flooded the area. 

Puerto Ricans, who are American citizens, are angry at the slow pace of the response. 

President Trump discounted those complaints on Tuesday praising his administration for a "really good job" in the recovery efforts.