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 thats 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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