Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll 70 Times Higher Than Official Government Estimate, Says Study

Aerial photo of flooding in the costal town of Loiza, on the north shore of Puerto Rico. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post.

Nearly 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, more than 70 times more than the official government death toll, according to a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study, released Tuesday, calls the official government estimate a “substantial underestimate” while saying that an adjusted statistic could point to as many as 5,740 excess deaths.

The death toll according to Puerto Rico’s official government is 64.


Read more at The Hill.



  1. Probably the Puerto Rican government didn’t even count these people as humans, so why start now, when their neglect is made public?


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