The US government said 64 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – the total could be over 1,400

The US government said 64 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – the total could be over 1,400Flanked by Puerto Rican officials at a conference nearly two weeks after disaster struck the island, Donald Trump told locals to be “thankful” for Hurricane Maria’s death count. The US government has quietly walked back the president’s statements since then, adding onto an ever-increasing number of deaths related to the catastrophic hurricane. The report acknowledges 1,427 people were killed after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, while detailing a $ 139bn reconstruction plan for the island that has yet to fully recover.



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