Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico: a study



Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria

Power comes back again in houses six months after the storm hit the island; Bryan Llenas reports from Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico during and after the storm wreaked havoc on the island, last September, the official death toll 70 times more than reported, a Harvard study published Tuesday claimed.

The study, led by a team of scientists at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and published in The New England Journal of Medicine — be, the official death toll of 64 as “a significant underestimation.” Scientists conducted a study surveying random households on the territory of the V. S. and found there were 4,645 hurricane-related deaths between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31 2017.

A study said the Hurricane Maria death rate in Puerto Rico exceeds 4,600 people.


“In the beginning of December 2017, the official death count in Puerto Rico was 64, but several independent studies, concluded that additional deaths attributable to the hurricane were more than 1000 in the months of September and October,” the study stated.


Experts in comparison with the number of deaths found between September and December from the same period in 2016, when the island was destroyed by a storm.

Residents standing near a house with a plastic sheet to replace the roof, hit by Hurricane Maria in September.


Researchers, however, believe that the number is an underestimate. They believe that the actual death count is higher than 5000.

The storm, which is on the island in September caused months of power outage and repairs on the Caribbean island, where the Hurricane passed Irma the week before Maria came — both Category 5 storm. Things on the island went from bad to catastrophic as local leaders pointed fingers at the AMERICAN government is not doing enough.

Graves destroyed during the Hurricane Maria.


However, Puerto Rico was already suffering from decades of dysfunction, mismanagement, and painful abuse of power. Massive debt, an absurd infrastructure projects, and a tradition of corruption, have hindered the commonwealth’s ability to off the canvas.

“There are already so many problems that have built up, year after year,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News in March. “It is a difficult situation.”


The Harvard researchers discovered that many Puerto Rican residents went 84 days without electricity, 68 days without water, and 41 days with no mobile service when Mary hit at the end of 2017. About 83 percent of the households had no strength during the entire period.

Dentists and dentistry students of the patients in a makeshift clinic set up in the Charismatic Church, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria hit the island in September.


The study also blamed for intermittent medical care as the main cause of the high mortality.

In March, six months after Maria made landfall, major repairs are needed. More than 130,000 Puerto Ricans have moved away from the island.

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular