~~May 30, 3018~~
I knew this the moment Hurricane María’s path was confirmed.
I know my country, it’s geography, its people.
There was no way the ’64’ could be the official count.
I have no proper words to describe how this feels.
My heart and soul ache for my country!
By Aaron Blake … May 29
In October 2018, in the course of claiming credit for a successful response, Drumpf decided to favorably compare the official death toll in Puerto Rico, which was then 16, to the death toll after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which was 1,833.
DRUMPF: We’ve saved a lot of lives. If you look at the – every death is a horror. But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous – hundred and hundred and hundreds of people that died. And you look at what happened here with really a storm that was totally overpowering. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this. And what is your death count at this point, 17?
PUERTO RICO GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLÓ: Sixteen, certified.
DRUMPF: Sixteen people, certified – 16 people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together.
“Sixteen versus literally thousands of people.”
The count now, according to Harvard, is 4,645 vs. 1,833.
More than twice as many people died because of Maria than Katrina, per the Harvard study.
Puerto Rico governor welcomes “real number” of Hurricane María deaths after shocking report
A new Harvard University study says the death toll from Hurricane María last year is dramatically larger than reported. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, estimates more than 4,600 people died on the island.
The official government death toll is just 64.
Researchers randomly knocked on doors and asked if anyone died there. There were more questions – but that’s how it started.
It took six weeks and $50,000 from Harvard to come up with a number that is stunning, reports CBS News’ David Begnaud.
“The negligence that allowed those lives to be lost, needs to be accounted for,” San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said.
Cruz has blasted Drumpf for being tone deaf and slow to respond. When asked to evaluate her own response she said,
“I know I didn’t get to everyone. We did the best we could, but that wasn’t’ good enough. That wasn’t good enough.”
Why this story is more than just a shocking number?
For every death that is certified by a government official to be related to Hurricane María, family members are eligible to have the federal government help pay for funeral expenses.
The numbers matter.
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These medical struggles in Puerto Rico help explain a startling death toll estimate
~Published on May 29, 2018~
The death toll from Hurricane María in Puerto Rico last year was far larger than known, according to a new study.
At least 4,645 people on the island are estimated to have died as a result of the storm and devastation that followed, far exceeding the official number of 64. Judy Woodruff talks with Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News.
~~Study: Puerto Rico hurricane death toll near 5,000~~
~~Published on May 29, 2018~~
A new study finds that the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane María stands close to 4,600, more than 70 times the government’s original estimate.
CNN’s Leyla Santiago reports.