Hurricane's death toll in Puerto Rico put at almost 3000

Hurricane Maria Resident

On Tuesday, the official toll went up from just 64 people killed to almost 3,000 in the six months after the storm slammed into Puerto Rico.

In addition to estimating the excess deaths, the team also sought to identify flaws in mortality surveillance and communications systems and to offer recommendations aimed at helping Puerto Rico - and the mainland US - establish better methods for disaster preparedness and response.

GWU looked at deaths that occurred between Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and deaths deemed in excess of Puerto Rico's normal mortality rate through February 2018.

With the overwhelming amount of donations received, organizers say they'll use the funds to help more cats around the observatory and look into adopting them out to families on the mainland.

The government of Puerto Rico stopped publicly sharing its data on hurricane deaths in December 2017.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was publicly critical of Trump and the lack of meaningful response to the natural disaster past year.

President Donald Trump tried once again to shift blame onto Puerto Rico for the response to Hurricane Maria, even after the USA territory's government officially raised the death toll by thousands.

It also said that those from poorer backgrounds in Puerto Rico were 45% more likely to have been killed in the aftermath of the hurricane.

A Harvard University study, published in May, estimated that there were 4,645 more deaths in Puerto Rico due to the storm.




"Yes, I made mistakes", Rosselló said.

One of the conclusions of the George Washington University study was that officials did nothing to respond to public criticism and concerns about political motivations that surged when the official tally jumped to 34 shortly after Trump's visit.

Health advocates scoffed at the government's initial death toll and said many people died after the storm because they lacked medicine, couldn't get adequate medical treatment or had chronic diseases that were aggravated by the post-storm conditions.

Rossello told CNN two days after the storm hit that 13 people had died in the storm. Maria's loss of life toll surpasses that of every Storm Katrina in 2005, which is to blame for 1,833 deaths, and the 1928 Okeechobee storm in Florida, which killed 2,500 of us.The Sizable Galveston Storm of 1900 stays the deadliest recorded storm in United States historical previous. "When others saw people dying they opted to shut up", Cruz said.

The study tracked excess deaths related to Hurricane Maria from September 2017 to February 2018, and found the toll was "22 percent higher than the number of deaths that would have been expected during that period in a year without the storm".

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said then. Puerto Rico was hit by storms Maria, Irma and Philippe, and was narrowly missed by hurricane Jose. On Aug. 28, he raised the official death toll to 2,975 from 64.

Rescue workers come to the rescue after Hurricane Maria.

A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to block the US government from cutting off aid to hundreds of Puerto Rican families who fled the hurricane-ravaged island in 2017 and are living in hotels and motels across the United States.

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