Puerto Rico report shows death toll estimates jumped to 1,427 from the official count of 64

August 9, 2018

In a report sent to Congress on Wednesday, the Puerto Rican government noted that the death toll was severely underestimated in initial reports.

The New York Times first covered the report on Thursday.

“On June 13, the Government of Puerto Rico revealed that there were 1,427 more deaths in the four months after the hurricanes than normal (based on the previous four years),” it read.

The report also noted that after the hurricanes, other studies estimate that anywhere from 800 to 8,500 other Puerto Ricans died from “delayed or interrupted health care.”

Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico just two weeks after the island was hit by Hurricane Irma.

The aged electrical grid on the island was badly damaged by the storm and left thousands without poweras recently as June.

The Puerto Rico government publicly released a draft of their report, which was dated July 9th. A more accurate count of hurricane-relateddeaths should be revealed in an academic study, which is expected to be released soon.

CBS’ David Begnaud shared a screenshot on Twitter of the final report, which changed how the new estimate was framed. The final version noted that the higher number of deaths “may or may not be attributable to the hurricanes.”

Heres what the final report says (the wording is changed/hedged considerably pic.twitter.com/XhU35IrEoW David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 9, 2018

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