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Death toll from Hurricane Maria much higher than official count

The actual death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may be 1,139 instead of the official count of 64. “When the area is flooded and without power, that’s not a safe environment for a grandmother on dialysis,” Santos said. “That’s not a safe environment for someone who has an asthma attack and may need therapy. Essentially, that’s what we’re trying to address. Not just the people who drowned or died in landslides, but also the people who died because they didn't have access to their basic needs.” - Excerpt from Penn State News.

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