New Study States Hurricane Maria Death Toll Could Exceed 4,000

As hurricane season begins this week, one can’t help but to wonder about the deaths attributed to Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria from 2017. According to a new study, Maria’s death toll could exceed 4,000 – many of them due to delayed medical care.

NY Times reports:

Residents of Puerto Rico died at a significantly higher rate during the three months after the hurricane than they did in the previous year, according to the results of a new study by a group of independent researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and other institutions.

Researchers say that although official totals are not precise, the government’s tally of only 64 deaths was a dramatic undercount.

The newly released study was conducted without the participation of the territory’s government. The government also failed to provide data to assist the researchers.

 

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