Hurricane’s Death Toll in Puerto Rico Put at Nearly 3,000

Homes lay in ruin as seen from a flyover of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria September 23, 2017. Credit: Kris Grogan

(From AP News)

Puerto Rico’s governor raised the U.S. territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate, sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted. . . .

Tuesday’s finding is almost twice the government’s previous estimate, included in a recent report to Congress, that there were 1,427 more deaths than normal in the three months after the storm.

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