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Fri Dec 8, 2017, 07:06 PM

Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052.

Source: New York Times

Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052.

By FRANCES ROBLES, KENAN DAVIS, SHERI FINK and SARAH ALMUKHTAR DEC. 8, 2017

Homes were flattened. Power was knocked out. And all across Puerto Rico, bodies began showing up at morgues.

Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury but the government there has reported an official death toll far lower than the devastation suggests.

A review by The New York Times of daily mortality data from Puerto Ricoís vital statistics bureau indicates a significantly higher death toll after the hurricane than the government there has acknowledged.

The Timesís 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. The analysis compared the number of deaths for each day in 2017 with the average of the number of deaths for the same days in 2015 and 2016.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/08/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll.html

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