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Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria

Researchers also found residents weren’t adequately prepared and that doctors were confused about how to classify the dead.

The US territory's government has for months kept the official death toll at 64, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.

A new report describes a lack of knowledge in the days following the storm about hospitals and water treatment plants, as well as shortages of emergency supplies.

Meanwhile, the power grid is still vulnerable as the island faces down another hurricane season.

Identifying deaths related to Hurricane Maria could provide families with access to FEMA funeral funds and could also change what insurance benefits a family gets.

Two weeks after the storm, Trump boasted that the official death count in Puerto Rico was 16 people.

The order comes just days after the government released a new report showing a steep increase in the number of fatalities shortly after Hurricane Maria.

Carlos Rodriguez Rosa's grandmother called him as the storm approached. "'The sky is purple and I’m scared. But my heart is content and I love you and I’ll see you soon.' And that’s the last thing she ever said to me," he told BuzzFeed News.

The new information comes as the Puerto Rican government is under pressure to be more transparent and is facing lawsuits.

The Puerto Rico Statistics Institute said that accurate information is desperately needed as hurricane season begins again.

The Puerto Rican government said it would have power back up and running before June. That hasn't happened.

“Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria.”

Families who came to the mainland US after Hurricane Maria say Puerto Rico is still in bad shape. Those in New York City are facing confusing government bureaucracy.

Puerto Rican leaders had asked FEMA to let the Army Corps of Engineers stay on to keep repairing the island's infrastructure ahead of the new hurricane season.

Students are worried about returning to power outages and economic uncertainty in Puerto Rico, but NYU has so far denied their request to stay.

Six months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the Caribbean in September 2017, the island of Puerto Rico is still struggling to rebuild.

Beatriz Rosselló later apologized.

Many tourist havens, like Vieques and Fajardo, are still in need of stable cell phone service and electricity. And people who made a living in hospitality jobs are facing months of being out of work.

“I would like him to stop talking about things the way he sees them, and to talk about them the way they really are instead.”

A local lawmaker was sure a temporary fix would restore power to 10,000 people in Arecibo this weekend. They’re still in darkness.

“This cold-hearted and irrational decision will have disastrous consequences for these families from Puerto Rico."

"To see this reaction from students, it was amazing, but also kind of heartbreaking."

Thousands of the island's displaced residents are waiting and watching as recovery efforts progress slowly back home.

Ricardo Ramos stepped down as head of utility on Friday amid criticism for ongoing blackouts and a large, now-canceled reconstruction contract with a tiny Montana company.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and power authority chief Ricardo Ramos testified before a skeptical Congress on Tuesday.

Officials confirmed more than 80% of Puerto Rico was once again in the dark Thursday after the failure of a major power line.

The average daily number of deaths in September increased sharply during and after Hurricane Maria, but officials still won't connect it to the storm.

The airlifts will be offered first to some 3,000 people still in shelters more than a month after Hurricane Maria, a FEMA spokesperson said.

In letters to the Army Corps, FEMA, and Whitefish on Thursday, the top-ranking Democrat on the Governmental Affairs Committee asked how public funds were used in the controversial Whitefish contract.

He also criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for what he said were slow efforts to get the power grid up and running.

The Puerto Rican power authority terminated its $300 million deal with the small Montana firm amid questions — and pending investigations — over how the contract was awarded.

The 911 bodies were never physically examined by a medical examiner to determine if they should be included in the official death toll.

People whose bodies are cremated are largely not being counted in the official death toll. The government says it’s the fault of funeral directors, while funeral directors say they’ve received no guidance from the government.

Fewer than one in five people in the US territory have electricity, one-third of residents have no drinking water, and more than one in 10 people still have no cell service.

With aid slow to reach many towns in the nearly 30 days since Hurricane Maria made landfall, the island's residents are working together to get by.

“I just want this year to be over with."

Environmental officials are pleading with Puerto Ricans not to drink from the wells, warning they could be dangerous to people's health.

"We could all talk about it and beat each other up and blame each other, or you could pick up a broom and clean."

“He went to see one home that practically didn’t have any damage."

The government says it’s conducting a certified count of the dead after Hurricane Maria, currently at 36. Funeral home directors told BuzzFeed News they have dozens more bodies.

"We're worried about those that have yet to come back, hoping that they are okay."

“I want them to take us into account. That people live here,” one woman said of her town, which, despite statements of President Trump and state officials, is desperate.

Students on the US Virgin Islands had just barely started school when two hurricanes roared through. Worried about their education, they're looking to come to the states.

President Trump surveyed the island's damage via helicopter and spoke to friendly residents. But the federal response will be measured by how the island ultimately recovers, not photo ops.

Towers of debris have piled up around the US Virgin Islands, posing health and environmental safety hazards as officials struggle to find a way to remove the trash.

President Trump praised the government’s response during a visit to the San Juan area on Tuesday. But miles outside the city, conditions remain dire: “You’re left like you arrived in this world, with nothing.”

One day later, however, the White House budget director the administration plans to only ask Congress for Puerto Rico disaster aid, not a bailout.

"Trump: 'Let them eat paper towels!'"

"Sixteen people versus in the thousands."

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