Puerto Rico’s capital city is now in the grip of a devastating hurricane, with widespread devastation and loss of life and property.
A total of 17 deaths have been reported.
The hurricane has destroyed most of the country’s infrastructure, and brought down power lines and damaged roads and bridges.
More than 200,000 homes are without electricity, while more than half of the island’s people are without drinking water.
Many have been unable to return home, while many have been left without water, power and gas for days.
The governor of Puerto Rico has ordered a curfew, as well as a curfew and a lockdown of all public buildings and transportation services.
Many are still searching for food, water and basic necessities.
The government is also providing a massive food distribution effort to those in need.
The United Nations has declared a three-day period for relief, which will include food, medicine, blankets and generators.
On the island of Dominica, the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia, the island has been in lockdown for days, with a curfew that will not go into effect until Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the US President tweeted that Puerto Rico was in the “worst crisis we have seen in a generation”, while the US Vice President also issued a statement saying that the US Government is ready to help.
In Washington, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump also met on Tuesday, with Pence saying that Puerto Ricans were “willing to help”, but also pledging that the federal government would do all it can to help rebuild.
The island of St Vincent and the Grenadines was declared a disaster area in the US after Hurricane Irma hit the island on Wednesday.
The island of Barbuda was also under lockdown.
Meanwhile, the head of the Caribbean country’s state-run telecoms company, María Luis Almeida, said that her company would shut down all services on Tuesday unless they received emergency funds.
The head of Virgin Atlantic, which has flights from the US to the Caribbean, tweeted that the company is also considering suspending flights to and from Puerto Rico until further notice.
Many Puerto Ricos have not received help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is also looking into the extent of damage to their infrastructure and the cost of rebuilding.
The US President has pledged $7bn to the Puerto Rico Government, which is asking for more than $6bn in US aid.
US President Donald J Trump on Wednesday urged Puerto Ricios to make their needs known before the US Federal Emergency Operations Center (FEC) shuts down all government services, including the government.
The Federal Emergency Administration (Fema) is currently operating a crisis response effort in Puerto Rico, but has been unable so far to assist in recovery efforts.
Many people on the island were also evacuated from their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Maria’s impact, with some evacuating their homes and others leaving to seek refuge in shelters.
The Hurricane Maria is forecast to bring heavy rainfall, wind gusts of up to 185km/h (110mph) and storm surges of up 10 metres (33 feet) in the Caribbean.
The storm is expected to hit the Caribbean islands on Thursday.