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Pictures Show Devastating Effect of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

World | Associated Press | May 30, 2018, 3:50 pm
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 Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, 70 times the official death toll of 64, the media reported. (Image: AP)

Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, 70 times the official death toll of 64, the media reported. (Image: AP)

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 A Harvard University study estimated that a third of deaths after September's hurricane were due to interruptions in medical care caused by power cuts and broken road links, reports the BBC. (Image: AP)

A Harvard University study estimated that a third of deaths after September's hurricane were due to interruptions in medical care caused by power cuts and broken road links, reports the BBC. (Image: AP)

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 The Harvard researchers said interviews conducted in Puerto Rico suggested a 60 per cent increase in mortality in the three months after the storm. (Image: Reuters)

The Harvard researchers said interviews conducted in Puerto Rico suggested a 60 per cent increase in mortality in the three months after the storm. (Image: Reuters)

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 They contacted more than 3,000 randomly selected households between January and March in 2018 and asked about displacement, infrastructure loss, and causes of death. (Image: AP)

They contacted more than 3,000 randomly selected households between January and March in 2018 and asked about displacement, infrastructure loss, and causes of death. (Image: AP)

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 The experts said that an accurate count was complicated by the widespread devastation wreaked by the storm. (Image: Reuters)

The experts said that an accurate count was complicated by the widespread devastation wreaked by the storm. (Image: Reuters)

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 The Puerto Rico government said it

The Puerto Rico government said it "always expected the number to be higher than what was previously reported". (Image: AP)

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 Carlos Mercader from Puerto Rico's Federal Affairs Administration said he welcomed the Harvard survey. (Image: AP)

Carlos Mercader from Puerto Rico's Federal Affairs Administration said he welcomed the Harvard survey. (Image: AP)

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"The magnitude of this tragic disaster caused by Hurricane Maria resulted in many fatalities," Carlos Mercader said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Carlos Mercader added that the island's authorities had also commissioned George Washington University to study the number of deaths and these findings would be released soon, reports the BBC. (Image: Reuters)

Carlos Mercader added that the island's authorities had also commissioned George Washington University to study the number of deaths and these findings would be released soon, reports the BBC. (Image: Reuters)

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"Both studies will help us better prepare for future natural disasters and prevent lives from being lost," Mercader said. (Image: AP)

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