The official death toll from Hurricane Maria (64) might be a wee, teensy bit off. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says that figure is off by about 4,600, which makes it a greater loss of life than Katrina, or 9-11. On Comrade Stupid’s watch.
“We have always expected the number to be higher than what was previously reported,” the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration says.
“If the analysis is correct, it means that for every hurricane-related death that’s currently on the books, another 70 fatalities in the U.S. territory have gone uncounted.”
We’ve noted before that residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in US Federal Elections unless they are on the mainland, and we’ve read reports of tens of thousands have indeed moved ashore. I hope that they turn Florida blue. They’ve been abandoned by Trump and his racist minions and enablers, and these death numbers show it: many deaths were due to lack of medical care following the storms.
Among the deaths the researchers tallied through their survey, nearly 1 in 10 were a direct result of the storm, and one-third could be traced to “delayed or prevented access to medical care” as a result of the storm.
There is no excuse for that.