A Harvard study says Hurricane Maria likely killed thousands of Puerto Ricans more than the official estimate.
The study was released Tuesday. Researchers surveyed households on the battered island in Maria’s wake and found evidence of more than 4,600 “excess deaths” during the storm and the weeks that followed.
The hurricane roared through the island on Sept. 20, destroying buildings and knocking out power to virtually the entire U.S. territory.
After the storm, authorities in Puerto Rico placed the death toll at 64. The researchers report the death toll likely to exceed 5,000.
The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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