Trump Lifts Puerto Rico Shipping Ban after Storm

تم نشره في Thu 28 September / Sep 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Destroyed house in storm-hit island Puerto Rico - (Getty Images)

CAPITALS — US President Donald Trump has lifted shipping restrictions to help fuel and supplies reach storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the White House has said.

Mr Trump "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico", a statement said on Twitter.

Puerto Rico had pressed the US to lift the act, which limits shipping between coasts to US-flagged vessels.

The US territory is struggling with fuel, water and medical shortages one week after Hurricane Maria struck.

The most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, Maria swept across the island last Wednesday.