New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo says the economy is struggling in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island, and he wants the federal government to help.
“The island’s economy, it’s already on the decline,” Cuomo said during a Monday morning press conference, “and we’re seeing it in terms of the toll of the storm, in terms to the fact that we’re losing jobs, and the economic impact of this.”
Cuomo said the economy in Puerto Rican communities is suffering from a lack of basic necessities, such as food and water.
The governor’s comments came after the governor said Puerto Rico is facing a “serious economic crisis” that will likely get worse as Maria’s winds continue to blow.
“This economic crisis has affected Puerto Rico,” Cuomo added.
“And it’s a serious crisis, and it’s going to get worse.
And I don’t know if the governor will get this economy back in balance, but I know that the governor has got to do everything in his power to try to restore Puerto Rico, and that includes helping with recovery and assistance to communities and businesses that are struggling right now.”
Cuomo also told reporters he will push the Trump administration to help Puerto Rico recover from the hurricane.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Cuomo told reporters.
“There are going to be a lot of hurdles ahead.
There’s a lot more work to be done.
But I want to make sure that this is done in a way that’s sustainable, that’s in the best interests of the people of Puerto Rico and the American people, and I want that done in an orderly way.”
Puerto Rico has been hit by a series of hurricanes in recent weeks, including Maria, which killed at least 18 people in Puerto Ricos capital San Juan, and Isabel, which also killed at a rate of at least one death a day.
On Monday, Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló ordered the state to begin the process of evacuating the island as Maria passed closer.
The island’s government has said that more than 7,000 of its 1.4 million residents have been ordered to evacuate, and many residents have already moved to higher ground, where the winds can be strong.
The state has already evacuated nearly 10,000 people.
The government is working to ensure that Puerto Rico residents have access to clean drinking water and other necessities.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Rossello said Puerto Ricans are facing a crisis, not an economic one.
“It’s not a crisis.
It’s a humanitarian crisis.
We are a humanitarian nation,” he said.
“You know, we are in a humanitarian state.
We have a humanitarian population, a humanitarian economy.
We can’t be in a financial crisis.”
Maria hit Puerto Rico last week, with winds of at a record 45 mph (62 kph).
Maria’s death toll climbed to over 200.
The hurricane brought a flood of rain and severe winds to Puerto Rico on Sunday, and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosendo announced Monday that the island is in the process to evacuate residents.
The storm brought more than 50 inches of rain to the islands main cities and devastated its infrastructure, including the power grid.
More than half of Puerto Ricohs population lives on the islands most populated island, the U.S. territory.
Governor Rosendo said in a statement that Puerto Ricias economy is suffering because of Maria’s destruction, which has affected many people’s ability to work, shop and travel.
“I have asked for assistance from the federal Government,” Rosendo added.
The Governor also warned that Puerto Rican businesses are being left behind by the state.
“In the face of this crisis, I will not rest until the people are made whole,” he added.
Puerto Rico officials say they have asked the U,S.
Treasury Department to provide $3 billion in aid to the island to help the recovery process.
The U.K.-based International Monetary Fund has also provided financial support to the U and Puerto Ricolas recovery efforts.
But, as the governor’s statement makes clear, the Puerto Rican government is going to have to do more than simply provide financial assistance.
In the days ahead, the island has been asked to send in federal help to help with the reconstruction efforts.
Puerto Ricas economy is going through a period of “severe shock,” according to the governor, and will take “several months” to recover.
“For now, I am calling on the federal authorities to help our people in recovery,” Rossellos statement read.
“That includes a commitment to continue to do whatever it takes to help rebuild our economy and ensure that the people have the essentials they need.”
The island also is facing challenges in other areas of its economy.
The National Hurricane Center warned that Maria’s landfall could be catastrophic in the U of S and Florida, and some residents of those states have been forced to evacuate. On Tuesday