Over 5,000 Puerto Ricans died in hurricane, Harvard study says

IN A NEW STUDY, Harvard estimated that roughly 5,000 people in Puerto Rico died due to Hurricane Maria. The official death toll remains 64 people. Above, furniture sits in a home destroyed after Hurricane Maria in Corozal, Puerto Rico. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ALEX WROBLEWSKI
IN A HARVARD UNIVERSITY STUDY, it was estimated that roughly 5,000 people in Puerto Rico died due to Hurricane Maria. The official death toll remains at 64 people. Above, furniture sits in a home destroyed after Hurricane Maria in Corozal, Puerto Rico. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ALEX WROBLEWSKI
NEW YORK - A new Harvard University study shows Hurricane Maria probably killed more than 5,000 people in Puerto Rico last year, even though the official death toll remains at just 64. A survey conducted among 3,299 households suggests 4,645 more deaths occurred between the storm’s Sept. 20 landfall and Dec. 31 than would have been…

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