Trump Says U.S. Did 'Fantastic Job in Puerto Rico' After Maria

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A federal Judge on Thursday denied a request to extend a program that let Puerto Rican people who left their homes after Hurricane Maria stay in hotels. People died because they had no respirators. GWU's study put Maria-related deaths at between 2,975 and 3,290.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello upgraded that count to nearly 3,000 on based on a report commissioned by island officials and conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health.

He said the data sources used by George Washington also are better, "but its accuracy is not as great as they advertise". To get a more accurate and rigorous assessment, the Governor of Puerto Rico commissioned an independent study from GW Milken Institute SPH.

Maria's loss of life toll surpasses that of every Storm Katrina in 2005, which is to blame for 1,833 deaths, and the 1928 Okeechobee storm in Florida, which killed 2,500 of us.The Sizable Galveston Storm of 1900 stays the deadliest recorded storm in United States historical previous.

It's also about double the government's previous interim estimate of 1,400.

One month after Maria, when the official number of people killed stood at 16, Trump said that the disaster was nothing compared to Hurricane Katrina's death toll.

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"These numbers are only the latest to underscore that the federal response to the hurricanes was disastrously inadequate and, as a result, thousands of our fellow American citizens lost their lives", she said in a statement. "When others saw people dying they opted to shut up", Cruz said.

All jurisdictions, not only Puerto Rico and other parts of the USA but also globally, should develop methods to rapidly assess total excess mortality after natural disasters and to provide that information to the public.

"We never anticipated a scenario of zero communication, zero energy, zero highway access", Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, told reporters. That figure was based on reports from mayors on the island, but law enforcement authorities hadn't confirmed the total, the government said. In the second phase, the researchers plan to focus on the causes of death. "We used very rigorous methodology".

The same thing happened with the death count and other relief efforts, said Blondet. The doctors they interviewed said they were not aware of those guidelines. Thus, like other jurisdictions that are part of the US, the death certification process can lead to an undercount of deaths related to disasters like Hurricane Maria.

Rescue workers come to the rescue after Hurricane Maria. "If enacted, the recommendations of this report could help save lives in Puerto Rico and beyond".