White House backs Puerto Rico's effort to account for Hurricane Maria dead

Gerald Herbert  AP FILEDestroyed communities are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta Puerto Rico Sept. 28 2017

Pennsylvania's governor is heading to Puerto Rico to examine damage from last year's Hurricane Maria and to develop cultural and business ties.

"The lessons learned from this report and subsequent studies will help not just Puerto Rico, but other regions in the US and around the world that face the ongoing threat of hurricanes and other natural disasters", said Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MS, MPH, Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the GW Milken Institute SPH and a co-author of the report.

The government acknowledged in the past that its estimate was likely very low, and it commissioned the George Washington University report amid public pressure to release a more accurate count.

But US Representative Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat, said the study was "only the latest to underscore that the federal response to the hurricanes was disastrously inadequate, and as a result, thousands of our fellow American citizens lost their lives".

"I'm giving an order to update the official number of deaths to 2,975", Rossello said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The team also found that poor communication about deaths after the disaster, and especially the distinction between deaths directly related to the storm and those indirectly tied to it, contributed to confusion and consternation among members of the public.

"That caused a number of issues", said Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken institute.

Google products in India are gaining support for more languages
Google Go users will now be able to listen to web pages in 28 languages including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil. At the end of July, Google announced some new features coming to various apps in its suite of Android Go products.

In Upset, Progressive Bests Dem Frontrunner In Florida Gov Primary
While Putnam was focused on a grassroots campaign, DeSantis was an nearly nightly feature on Fox News, usually defending Trump. Affable and well-liked within the party, Putnam seemed like a good bet to secure the GOP nomination for governor this year.

Right on schedule, Jose Mourinho is having a meltdown at Manchester United
This is just the second season in Premier League history that United has lost more than one of its opening three matches. Anything short of three points will only pile on the pressure for the club, Mourinho and the players.

The official death toll on Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, was raised to nearly 3,000 almost a year after the hurricane struck. "But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering - nobody has ever seen anything like this", he said.

He said the data sources used by George Washington also are better, "but its accuracy is not as great as they advertise".

Puerto Rico's government initially confirmed only 64 deaths from Maria.

"Overall, we estimate that 40% of municipalities experienced significantly higher mortality in the study period than in the comparable period of the previous two years", the report says. But by reviewing a six-month time frame, researchers found that the storm's lengthy recovery impacted mortality rates for many months, particularly for the island's poorest and older residents.

Hurricane Maria, which stuck Puerto Rico about a year ago, killed 2,975 people there, according to an independent investigation commissioned by the USA territory. In the second phase, the researchers plan to focus on the causes of death.

Researchers found that the risk of death was 45 percent higher for those living in impoverished communities, and that men older than 65 saw a continuous elevated risk of death.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who was vocal in her criticisms of the federal government's handling of relief efforts after the hurricane, said the deaths reported Tuesday were due partly to negligence. And in May, a Harvard study published by The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that the mortality rate ranged from about 800 to more than 8,000, with a midpoint estimate of 4,645.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aretha Franklin's casket moved from museum that hosted viewings
Aug 31, 2018 - 22:57
Franklin was dressed in her third outfit of the week, a rose gold gown , for her final public viewing on Thursday. Ellis III , serves as pastor at the Greater Grace Temple, where the funeral will be held", the report noted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Democrat Andrew Gillum Calls For Confederacy. CNN's Cuomo Loves It.
Aug 31, 2018 - 22:45
White said DeSantis is not a good choice for Florida governor because the state has had single party rule for over two decades. Scott declined to reveal who he voted for in the primary but said he will support DeSantis in the general election .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Final farewell to Aretha Franklin
Aug 31, 2018 - 17:45
TMZ caught up with Chaka Khan at the airport as she prepares to depart for Detroit to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral . Owens told CNN the funeral service itself will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of church.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India vs England: Jasprit Bumrah-led pace attack rattles hosts in Southampton
Aug 30, 2018 - 22:43
Virat Kohli's men won emphatically in the third Test at Trent Bridge, pulling one back in the five-match series to make it 2-1. Notably Virat Kohli did not play with same playing XI so far in his captaincy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple Watch Series 4 leaks online weeks ahead of Apple's fall event
Aug 30, 2018 - 22:41
Apple will make things official on September 12 , so stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the event. Apple's clever 3D Touch feature has seen mixed success since its introduction in 2015 with the iPhone 6s.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Heart-Wrenching Photos From Inside John McCain's Private Memorial Service in Arizona
Aug 30, 2018 - 21:19
Senator John McCain , cries over the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday. McCain in turn criticized Trump's policies, including matters of national security , healthcare , and immigration .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran's presence in Syria at Damascus' request
Aug 29, 2018 - 06:28
According to the daily, Russian Federation plans to send "several more" warships to the vicinity of the coasts of the Arab country.

US Open: Serena Williams returns with a bang!
Aug 29, 2018 - 06:25
Defending champion Sloane Stephens encountered late resistance but held on for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Russian Evgeniya Rodina. She next faces Germany's Carina Witthoeft, with a possible third-round clash with 16th-seeded sister Venus in the offing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump claims Google is ‘hiding’ news about him
Aug 29, 2018 - 04:49
In a pair of tweets posted before 6 a.m., the president said the results included only "the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media". Other factors such as personal browsing history and how certain keywords appear on the page also affect how pages are ranked.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Cohen's Lawyer ADMITS He Was 'Source' Behind Trump Tower Story
Aug 28, 2018 - 21:26
In a statement Saturday, a CNN spokeswoman said, "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it". Davis also told Buzzfeed that he served as a source for other outlets that were seeking to confirm CNN's story.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Celebrities remember John McCain with touching anecdotes
Aug 28, 2018 - 21:26
Before his death, McCain decided Trump should not be invited to his funeral - where former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. As I'm certain you are aware, he served five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and retired from the U.S.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Political analyst: McCain was 'example of how politics was at its best'
Aug 28, 2018 - 21:01
A funeral will be conducted at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking. On Sunday, a day after the senator and former prisoner of war succumbed to brain cancer, Gov.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Seeded Simona Halep makes history with first-round US Open loss
Aug 28, 2018 - 20:26
I knew that she can play well here. "I thought, 'I just have to be aggressive and try to stay calm, '" Kanepi said. Kanepi earned the first break when she launched a back-hand lob over Halep's head to jump out to a 2-1 lead.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NAFTA No More: President Trump Announces United States-Mexico Trade Agreement
Aug 27, 2018 - 23:14
A fact sheet describing the bilateral agreement specified the content would be made in the United States and Mexico. U.S., Mexican and Canadian stocks opened higher on Monday on optimism about a trade deal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gov. Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff to honor McCain
Aug 27, 2018 - 22:42
Trump was not invited to McCain's funeral, which will include speeches from former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of U.S.