Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people

Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people

Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year - and not just the 64 in the official death toll.

The government acknowledged the higher death toll with no fanfare in a report submitted to US congress this week in which it detailed a 139 billion dollar reconstruction plan for the Caribbean island.

The quiet acknowledgement was first reported by The New York Times.

Puerto Rican officials have admitted that more than 64 people likely died as a result of the powerful storm that knocked out the power grid and caused widespread flooding which made many roads impassable.

A more exact number has been a matter of debate that the government has sought to end by commissioning an academic study, due out in coming weeks.

Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, around 1,000 miles off the south-east coast of Florida.

More on this topic

Puerto Rico has not recovered from Hurricane MariaPuerto Rico has not recovered from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane death toll estimate in Puerto Rico soars to nearly 3,000Hurricane death toll estimate in Puerto Rico soars to nearly 3,000

Donald Trump claims Puerto Rico infrastructure was a 'disaster' before Hurricane Maria struckDonald Trump claims Puerto Rico infrastructure was a 'disaster' before Hurricane Maria struck

Puerto Rico raises death toll from Hurricane Maria to 34Puerto Rico raises death toll from Hurricane Maria to 34

More in this Section

Youth just seconds from death in lethal rail prank in WalesYouth just seconds from death in lethal rail prank in Wales

Judge rejects legal challenge calling for Brexit deal to be ruled unlawfulJudge rejects legal challenge calling for Brexit deal to be ruled unlawful

Lebanese PM offers 72-hour ultimatum amid nationwide protestsLebanese PM offers 72-hour ultimatum amid nationwide protests

Extinction Rebellion climate protester scales Big Ben scaffoldingExtinction Rebellion climate protester scales Big Ben scaffolding


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner