Puerto Rico’s governor unexpectedly raised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 following the release of a new study that said the previous death toll was extremely inaccurate.
Well, they were only off by 2,900-give or take.
“We never anticipated a scenario of zero communication, zero energy, zero highway access,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello said, Fox News reported.
“I think the lesson is to anticipate the worst.”
The Puerto Rican government had been waiting for the new estimate, contained in a report commissioned by island officials and conducted by George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health, New York Post reported.
“We’re hopeful that this number would become the official number,” said Lynn Goldman, the Institute’s dean, during a briefing with reporters.
According to the report, the number of excess deaths, which took place between September 2017 to February 2018, was 2,975, a 22 percent increase from what would normally have been expected during that period of time.
The study said that the risk of dying over this period was 60 percent higher among people living in the poorest areas, the network reported.
Researchers also said that the heightened risk of death continued beyond the five months that researchers studied.
Yeah, that’s because their government is corrupt as hell and don’t give a crap about anyone but themselves.
What a mess.
REST IN PEACE.