MOSCOW, may 31 — RIA Novosti. Hurricane “Maria” that struck Puerto Rico in September last year, claimed the lives of 4645 people, and not 64 as claimed by the US government. This is stated in the Harvard study.
The researchers asked a randomly selected 3299 families who survived the disaster to tell them about the known cases of deaths as a result of the hurricane. The obtained data were extrapolated to the entire island and is associated with an average annual mortality.
According to the study, from 20 September to 31 December 2017, the mortality was 14 cases per 1,000 people, whereas a year earlier the same figure was 62% lower.
Harvard experts agree that the numbers are not accurate, however, emphasize that the death toll is ten times higher than the official data.
The authors claim that the Federal and local authorities failed to provide population with necessary medical care and are unable to timely establish power supply. As a result, the third of the untimely deaths on their medical care.
In addition, scientists have noted that the island authorities refuse to publish regular reports on mortality.
Previously, the newspaper the New York Times reported that the hurricane “Maria” could claim the lives of more than one thousand people. The publication made this conclusion by comparing the daily statistics of deaths with a 40-day period after the disaster.