WATCH: Hurricane hit Puerto Rico '30 by 90 miles of hell,' Rep. Gutiérrez says

Impassioned Democratic lawmakers in contact with individuals currently in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are pleading for immediate federal aid directed to victims of Hurricane Maria.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), who partially grew up in Puerto Rico, said he’s made rare contact with mayors and other officials who are in dire need of gasoline, food, water, electricity and, most of all, a functional “communication system.”

“The first thing is, I know we can do, is get the communications system up so people can talk to one another and first responders can talk. ... I know [Puerto Rico is] 30 by 90 miles but it's 30 by 90 miles of hell and devastation,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with The Hill.

Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere Political stunner! Crowley knocked off by millennial challenger Amazon adopts NFL rule to boost diversity on its board MORE (D-N.Y.), who has spoken with U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett (D) — currently on the ground in her district — welcomes President Trump’s upcoming trip to Puerto Rico and wants him to "talk" about visiting the Virgin Islands.

Clarke described the hurricane devastation as “six times the size of Katrina.” 

On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promised to give aid to those victims of Hurricane Maria.

“I also want the people of Puerto Rico to know that they are going to get the kind of help and aid that Texas and Florida enjoyed,” Ryan said at a morning news conference. 

To which Gutiérrez responded, “that’s good, but here’s the problem: You need it today. Now. As we speak, people are gonna die. People are at hospitals, there are thousands of them at airports. Why haven’t we sent a ship there or big airplanes there and just airlift them?" 

Clarke, also impatient with a slow government response, takes solace that White House chief of staff John Kelly, who once was the head of U.S. Southern Command and is “familiar with the region," will be able to help speed up the process.

“Hopefully, within the next 24 hours we will have marshaled the military resources required to save lives and at least stabilize the situation: bring in power generators, bring in fuel, bring in water and food, bring in temporary shelter, this is what is required and it was required two weeks ago,” Clarke said.

Watch the video above to hear the lawmakers in their own words.