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Hurricane Maria ‘killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico’

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The official death toll stands at 64

Hurricane Maria killed 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, 70 times the official toll, a Harvard University study says.

A third of those deaths after last September’s hurricane were due to interruptions in medical care caused by power outages, and blocked or washed out roads, researchers said.

Interviews conducted in Puerto Rico found a 60% increase in mortality in the three months after the storm.

The official death toll currently stands at 64.

But experts say an accurate count was complicated by the widespread devastation wreaked by the storm.

Media captionSix months after hurricanes, many on this US island still suffer in the dark

Hurricane Maria ‘killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico’

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