Report: Hurricane’s death toll wrong

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May 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Four months after the devastation of hurricane Maria, pictured, a third of the population is still without power. LOS ANGELES TIMES/CAROLYN COLE/TNS

Officials in Puerto Rico say that 64 people lost their lives after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September. A new report says that estimate is off — by about 4,600.

If the analysis is correct, it means that for every hurricane-related death that’s currently on the books, another 70 fatalities in the U.S. territory have gone uncounted.

“Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria,” researchers concluded in a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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