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Puerto Rico raises hurricane death toll as recovery efforts continue Puerto Rico raises hurricane death toll as recovery efforts continue
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One year on from Hurricane Maria, new research helps Puerto Rico count the costs of Hurricane Maria One year on from Hurricane Maria, new research helps Puerto Rico count the costs of Hurricane Maria
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<strong>The number of people killed in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria is thought to be nearly 3,000 - roughly 46 times the previous estimate - according to the island's authorities.</strong> <strong>Puerto Rican authorities believe nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, having accepted a new estimate of 46 times the previous official death toll.</strong>
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Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosello <a href="https://twitter.com/ricardorossello/status/1034556686688813056">accepted</a> the findings of a research team at George Washington University, published August 28, which estimated the death toll from the hurricane's fallout at 2,975. Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosello <a href="https://twitter.com/ricardorossello/status/1034556686688813056">accepted</a> the findings of a research team at George Washington University, published August 28, which estimated the death toll from the hurricane's fallout at 2,975.
The previous official estimate of people killed by the hurricane, which lasted from mid-September to early October 2017, was 64. The <a href="https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/gw-report-delivers-recommendations-aimed-preparing-puerto-rico-hurricane-season">research confirmed</a> widespread speculation that the death toll had been underestimated, partly due to gaps in death certification. The previous official estimate of people killed by the hurricane, which lasted from mid-September to early October 2017, was 64. The <a href="https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/gw-report-delivers-recommendations-aimed-preparing-puerto-rico-hurricane-season">research confirmed</a> widespread speculation that the death toll had been underestimated, partly due to gaps in death certification.
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The worst Atlantic hurricane since 2004 came when the U.S. territory was struggling with a debt crisis that had seen it <a href="https://cases.primeclerk.com/puertorico/Home-Index">file</a> for a form of bankruptcy months earlier, but which had over several years <a href="http://www.p3.pr.gov/assets/pr-draft-recovery-plan-for-comment-july-9-2018.pdf">undermined investment</a> in infrastructure. The worst Atlantic hurricane since 2004 came when the U.S. territory was struggling with a debt crisis that had seen it <a href="https://cases.primeclerk.com/puertorico/Home-Index">file</a> for a form of bankruptcy months earlier, but which had over several years <a href="http://www.p3.pr.gov/assets/pr-draft-recovery-plan-for-comment-july-9-2018.pdf">undermined investment</a> in infrastructure.
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Read the latest research <a href="https://publichealth.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/projects/PRstudy/Acertainment%20of%20the%20Estimated%20Excess%20Mortality%20from%20Hurricane%20Maria%20in%20Puerto%20Rico.pdf">here</a>. Read the latest research <a href="https://publichealth.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/projects/PRstudy/Acertainment%20of%20the%20Estimated%20Excess%20Mortality%20from%20Hurricane%20Maria%20in%20Puerto%20Rico.pdf">here</a>.
Look into Puerto Rico's ongoing creditor disputes <a href="https://cases.primeclerk.com/puertorico/Home-Index">here</a>. Look into Puerto Rico's ongoing creditor disputes <a href="https://cases.primeclerk.com/puertorico/Home-Index">here</a>.
Explore legislators' preliminary recovery plan, for both the economic crisis and hurricane damage, <a href="http://www.p3.pr.gov/assets/pr-draft-recovery-plan-for-comment-july-9-2018.pdf">here</a>. Explore legislators' preliminary recovery plan, for both the economic crisis and hurricane damage, <a href="http://www.p3.pr.gov/assets/pr-draft-recovery-plan-for-comment-july-9-2018.pdf">here</a>.
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Puerto Rico Caribbean, Current Affairs, Economics, Health, Natural Disasters, Politics, Puerto Rico, United States, Puerto Rico
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