Hurricane's death toll in Puerto Rico put at almost 3000

Trump: We did 'fantastic' job with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

But the higher figure, based on the findings of researchers from George Washington University in a study commissioned by the U.S. commonwealth's government, is only an approximation, not a concrete list of names, according to Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

A study commissioned by the territory's government and released on Tuesday found that the storm caused about 2,975 deaths, not 64 as counted previously.

GWU looked at deaths that occurred between Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and deaths deemed in excess of Puerto Rico's normal mortality rate through February 2018. Many of them are in Massachusetts, Florida and NY.

Puerto Rico needs to conduct after-action reviews and use those, along with the results of the study, to create a new crisis and emergency risk communication plan, one that is integrated with government agency and municipal plans, has community and stakeholder involvement, and is aligned with the possibility of catastrophic disasters. When the lawsuit was initially filed, 1,744 Puerto Rican adults and children were in the program, an attorney involved in the suit said.

Bethzaida Rosado said government and health care officials were not prepared for the storm, and she is still angry her 76-year-old mother died because oxygen tanks were not available on the island after the hurricane.

The count in Puerto Rico could change as the government continues to investigate deaths from the storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló said.

Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 storm as it nears Hawaii
The storm is now moving westward at 12 miles per hour (19 km/h) and should continue to move west through tonight. NASA satellite imagery shows the hurricane is now in the Central Pacific Ocean southeast of the islands.

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, slammed President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he said his administration did a "fantastic job" in helping the USA territory Rico recover from last year's devastating Hurricane Maria. "Shame on President Trump for not even once, not even yesterday, just saying, 'Look, I grieve with the people of Puerto Rico'".

Deaths blamed on Hurricane Katrina in 2005 range from about 1,200 to more than 1,800, with most along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. On Aug. 28, he raised the official death toll to 2,975 from 64.

All municipalities in Puerto Rico were hit hard by the hurricane and the aftermath, however, certain groups faced the biggest risk.

"It is anger, it is frustrating", she said.

Additional research must be done to understand how the hurricane was involved in the excess deaths identified in this study. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said at the time. They also took into account an 8 percent drop in Puerto Rico's population in the six months after the storm, when tens of thousands fled because of the damage. "We used very rigorous methodology". They also said the public health system needs to be strengthened, though Goldman said they don't know yet whether those weaknesses contributed to storm-related deaths.

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