‘Neglect’ the Cause of Thousands of Deaths on Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico (Sputnik) – A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Tuesday estimated that some 4,645 people died following the September 2017 landfall of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico – not 64, the official death toll. According to the study, Puerto Rico’s official count of 64 is a “substantial underestimate” and “underscores the inattention of the US government to the frail infrastructure of Puerto Rico.” Researchers came to their conclusion by surveying some 3,299 households across the island and inquiring as to how many people within the home died from injuries and illness sustained as a result of the hurricane….

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