Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico Acknowledges Hundreds Dead
August 9, 2018
(BBC) – Puerto Rico has acknowledged that Hurricane Maria killed 1,427 people in the US territory, not 64 as it has previously reported. Maria hit the island in September 2017 and it has struggled to repair its infrastructure and power grid. The latest figure was in a draft report for US Congress, requesting $139bn (£108bn) in recovery funds. The official figure of 64 has remained unchanged since last year despite some experts estimating 4,600 deaths.