Puerto Rico Releases Partial Records of Deaths Following Hurricane Maria
Initial government reported death toll believed inaccurate
On Tuesday, Puerto Rico complied with a court order and began releasing partial records of deaths following Hurricane Maria. The data states there were 1,427 more deaths on the island in the last four months of 2017 than in the average deaths over the last four years. The original government-reported Hurricane Maria death toll of 64 has been called inaccurate, especially amid reports of hundreds of bodies still remain unclaimed in the main morgue. The government plans to release more data after George Washington University completes a comprehensive study.
Last month, Harvard University released a study that estimated 800 to 8,500 had died as a result of Hurricane Maria-related causes. That study prompted massive protests in San Juan. Thousands still do not have power after the storm, which made landfall last September.