Did more people die from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico than officials say?
The New York Times reviewed daily mortality data of the island and found that deaths spiked after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory earlier this year.3 comments on this story
The official death toll sits close to 64. But, according to The New York Times’ review, there may have been higher than that, as 1,052 more people died after the hurricane compared to average mortality in previous years.
“Before the hurricane, I had an average of 82 deaths daily. That changes from Sept. 20 to 30th. Now I have an average of 118 deaths daily,” Wanda Llovet, the director of the Demographic Registry in Puerto Rico, told The New York Times.
The numbers from October have yet to roll in, so the official death toll is expected to rise.
Read the full report at The New York Times.