Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The White House is expected to ask Congress to authorize nearly $30 billion in additional disaster aid and insurance for Puerto Rico as the island struggles to recover from two hurricanes.
The new relief would allocate $16 billion for loan forgiveness under the National Flood Insurance Program and $12.7 billion for federal disaster relief operations, The Washington Post reported.
An additional $500 million would be set aside to fight wildfires in the western United States.
Congress has authorized nearly $8 billion in disaster relief for damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the White House said it would need to come back for more.
The White House could request the additional aid as early as Wednesday, Bloomberg reported. The House may vote on the aid package as early as next week.
The aid news comes after President Donald Trump's visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
"You have thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine," Trump said.
Puerto Rican officials estimate that the recovery and reconstruction efforts will cost $60 billion.
David Bogaty, CEO of San Juan telecom company WorldNet, described the situation on the island as a "war zone."
"Although the hurricane struck on Sept. 20, Puerto Rico still resembles a war zone. Buildings look bombed, and electric cables, glass debris and power poles are strewn through the streets. Many people on the island still have no electricity, food, water or communications," Bogaty said.
"Aid is essential and coming in daily, but we need significantly more assistance to get lifesaving resources into the hands of those who need it."