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Hurricane Maria Probably Killed 1,139, Penn State Study Shows

Some 1,139 people are likely to have perished after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico
August 7, 2018

Some 1,139 people are likely to have perished after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, far more than the official death count of 64, according to a Pennsylvania State University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The report also adds to the conflicting numbers, from the commonwealth’s double-digit official estimate to a Harvard University study in May that put the total at around 5,000, even more than the 1,833 who perished in Katrina.

Puerto Rico suffered catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis; most of the island's population suffered from flooding and lack of resources, compounded by the slow relief process. The storm caused the worst electrical blackout in U.S. history. Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion, mostly in Puerto Rico, ranking it as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record.

 

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