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At least 4,645 people died when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, claims Harvard report

  • Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, causing $90 billion of damage
  • The government’s death toll is just 64 but a new study says 4,645 people died

Devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last September saw 4,645 people die, despite the official government death toll standing at just 64.

The shocking news about the storm, which also caused $90 billion in damage, was revealed in a new Harvard study released today.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it found that the storm caused severe health-care disruption for the elderly and the loss of basic utility services for the chronically ill.