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  • People are transported down a road flooded by Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017

    People are transported down a road flooded by Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017 | Photo: AFP

Water and power generation experts are being sent to the Caribbean island to help with the aftermath of the worst hurricane recorded in its recent history.

Mexico has announced it will send aid to Puerto Rico after the island was struck by Hurricane Maria.

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The nation is recovering from its own disasters. Earthquakes shook Mexico on September 7, 19 and 24, killing almost 369 people and causing damage worth an estimated US$2 billion.

34 people died when the hurricane hit Puerto Rico and the storm cut almost 95 percent of its power supplies. 

Mexico will be sending 30 tons for the relief effort including bottled water and insect repellant.  

Water and power generation experts are also being deployed to the Caribbean island to help with the aftermath of the worst hurricane recorded in its recent history.

While the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) team will assist in mitigating the damage and restoring power, the Mexican authorities said in a statement. 

The move comes after a series of talks between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico had been due to send aid to Hurricane Harvey stricken Texas but retracted after the earthquakes struck.  

The U.S. president also called San Juan's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, "nasty" for calling out the U.S. administration for not doing enough to tackle the emergency at hand. 

"He kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that Katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster because not many people have died here," Cruz said in a statement. 

"Mr. President, enough. Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track. That’s your job as president," Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator, and New York Democrat said.

Oxfam America's president, Abby Maxman, criticized the Trump administration's response to the island in a statement

"We are outraged at the slow and inadequate response the US Government has mounted in Puerto Rico. Clean water, food, fuel, electricity, and health care are in desperately short supply and quickly dwindling, and we’re hearing excuses and criticism from the administration instead of a cohesive and compassionate response," it said. 

"The US has more than enough resources to mobilize an emergency response but has failed to do so in a swift and robust manner."

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