Puerto Rico’s Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Likely Higher Than Official Statistics, NYT Analysis Shows
New York Times: Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 64. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052.
“…A review by the New York Times of daily mortality data from Puerto Rico’s vital statistics bureau indicates a significantly higher death toll after the hurricane than the government there has acknowledged. The Times’s analysis found that in the 42 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, 1,052 more people than usual died across the island. … Officially, just 64 people died as a result of the storm that ravaged the island with nearly 150-mile-an-hour winds, cutting off power to 3.4 million Puerto Ricans…” (Robles et al., 12/9).