White House responds to higher PR hurricane toll

Hurricane Maria Resident

Hurricane Maria Resident

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks to the media as she arrives at the temporary government center setup at the Roberto Clemente stadium in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The findings issued Tuesday by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University contrast sharply with the official death toll of 64.

Puerto Rico's official death toll from Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean island in almost a century, was raised on Tuesday from 64, a number widely discounted as far too low, to nearly 3,000, based on a study ordered by the governor of the USA territory.

Trump tells reporters at the White House Wednesday that, "We've put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto Rico".

"I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we have done", said Trump. That's nearly twice the government's previous estimate.

The number of deaths from September 2017 to February 2018 was 22 percent higher than during the same period in previous years, Goldman said.

Additional research must be done to understand how the hurricane was involved in the excess deaths identified in this study. Using a sophisticated mathematical model, the team compared the total number of deaths during that time to the expected number based on historical patterns.

"When I saw people dying I opted to shout it". "This translated into an inadequate indicator for monitoring mortality in the hurricane's aftermath".

Trump also mentioned that aid to Puerto Rico was made more hard due to it being an island and praised the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Jasprit Bumrah (left) celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow on the first day of the fourth Test at Southampton . He departed for a four-ball duck as England lost their first wicket with just a single on board.

Sanders added that the administration will continue to provide aid and work to ensure Puerto Rico is prepared for the next hurricane season. Yes, I made mistakes.

In comparison, the death toll from 2005's Hurricane Katrina - the costliest hurricane in United States history - was significantly lower, estimated at 1,833. A separate investigation by The New York Times found 1,052 lives lost.

There are 322 families in Florida still enrolled in the program as of Thursday, said Dasha Castillo Gomez, a spokeswoman for FEMA.

A study by Harvard University earlier this year estimated around 4,600 had died in the three months following the storm. Interviews at the governor's central communications office revealed there was no written plan in case of a disaster.

The Puerto Rican government on August 8 quietly admitted the official toll was higher than its December tally.

There is no national standard for how to count disaster-related deaths. "Don't forget their electric plant was totally dead before the hurricanes".

The researchers made several recommendations, including more emergency planning and government training for doctors on filling out death certificates.

"The only thing that can help now is advocacy", said Lycia Ora Bannan.

"This was not a good news story from the beginning", she said.

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