However, a recent study by The George Washington University finds that the death toll through February 2018 was actually approximately 2,975 victims.The study further explains how the failure of Puerto Rico's communications infrastructure helped exacerbate the death undercount of Hurricane Maria. The fact sheet acknowledged that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has "worked to address lessons learned" from the hurricane.
Tiffany Cross moderated the Capitol Hill panel on the government's response a year ago to Hurricane Maria, saying it was the biggest Capitol Hill panel of experts to meet on the hurricane since it hit.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the USA territory struggles to recover one year after the Category 4 storm hit.
For months, the USA government contended that the official death toll from the hurricane and the three months afterward was 64.More news: EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms
Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was in San Juan to announce President Donald Trump's administration released $1.5 billion to Puerto Rico. Since the storm, that has shot up to 98 percent, she said.
Striking Puerto Rico's already tenuous infrastructure and power grid with 155 mile-per-hour winds for days on end, Hurricane Maria caused an estimated $95 billion dollars in damage to the small island, leaving thousands of people without working electricity for up to eight months. Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island as it devastated homes and infrastructure, and caused almost 3,000 deaths.
Nivia Rodriguez, a 60-year-old retiree whose uncle died a week after the storm, said she grew upset after watching videos of rescue crews in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence hit.
Calderon said Thursday that the current problems on the island are largely a "man-made crisis thanks to what's happened here in Washington, D.C." and the government's response.More news: Amazon announces Fire TV Recast, a new companion DVR for mobile devices
"Leadership also recognized that emergency managers at all levels could have better leveraged existing information to proactively plan for and address such challenges, both before and immediately after the hurricanes", it said. But the "real environmental crisis" the island faces is in the future, he said, as climate change is likely to produce hurricanes that will only increase in intensity. She and other residents from Yabucoa, a coastal municipality, had to rebuild their homes.
Trump released a statement: "We stand with Puerto Rico, and we are helping them to rebuild stronger and better than ever before". "This hit us hard". Despite resentment toward the government response, Cruz-Torres said those on the island have shown great resilience in the face of adversity.
"Seeing where I grew up not looking the same and thinking if everyone was okay when I couldn't know if they were or they weren't", Hernandez said.More news: Cyclops Firmino sets new Champions League record