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US President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered federal assistance to supplement response efforts there, ahead of Maria.
Video footage showed waist-high water and rescued families who spoke of waiting for help from second floors and attics.
President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency to free up resources to help Florida after the storm.
The law will correct a defect in the current FEMA legislation by making clear that houses of worship are to be included amongst the nonprofit recipients of federal disaster relief aid