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    Puerto Rico Admits Death Toll From Maria 20 Times Higher at Over 1400




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    The government of Puerto Rico has quietly admitted more than 1,400 people appear to have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—a figure that is more than 20 times its official death toll. Several academic assessments of the aftermath of Maria placed the death toll much, much higher than the Puerto Rican government’s official figure of 64. Now, in a draft of a report to Congress requesting $139 billion in recovery funds, territory officials admit that 1,427 more people died in the last four months of 2017 compared with the same time frame in the previous year. The figures were released quietly—they come from death-registry statistics released in June, but they were never publicly acknowledged by officials, according to The New York Times. “Although the official death count from the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety was initially 64, the toll appears to be much higher,” said the report, titled “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation.” In another section, it said: “According to initial reports, 64 lives were lost. That estimate was later revised to 1,427.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/puerto...d-in-hurricane


    However, if you rely on MSNBC for facts closer to 5000 were killed:

    https://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch...-1244939331666







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    Sorry to hear that more people died than first claimed on an island that was hit by a hurricane, but 139 billion in recovery funds is the number that stands out to me. Is that like one dollar per square foot or something? Or does that just cover the graft of government officials there?

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    This downplaying of the numbers falls in with what I have heard from coworkers that still have relatives in PR.
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    There are still areas w/o power. The graft here is no worse than NY, or any other D controlled.entity. Roads are washed out, bridges in poor repair etc. Like the USVI, no maintenance is done. Uncle Sugar just comes in with new stuff. Whom do you think is going to pick up the tab for Andrew "the spacheme" Cuomo"s free college fund?

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    Once I worked with a gentleman from Puerto Rico. He said they would never become a state because they like the benefits without the income tax. He also stated during hurricanes they used to go to houses constructed of concrete and have hurricane parties.

    The electrical and other infrastructure on the island sucked before the storm hit.
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    I've read reports that tons of supplies sent to PR after the hurrican have been found rotting in storage areas with rats swarmng all over it. Seems bureaucrats wouldn't let it be doled out because it was after the sell date.

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