But the higher number, based on the findings of George Washington University researchers in a study commissioned by the US Commonwealth government, is just an approximation, not a specific list of names, according to Governor Ricardo Rossello.
"This number may change," Rossello said. "It could be less, it could be more if time goes by."
Thus, the official death rate has changed since the storm of September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane:
6 to 13 dead
Rossello told CNN two days after the storm that 1
The death toll rises to 34
"Every death is a horror," Trump said in early October, before comparing Puerto Rico's official death of 16 to "a true catastrophe like Katrina" in which more than 1,800 people lived died after the 2005 storm that devastated New Orleans.
After Trump left, the governor announced that the death toll had risen to 34.
One of the conclusions of the George Washington University study were these officials. He did not respond to public criticism and concerns about political motivations that rose sharply as the official record increased to 34 shortly after Trump's visit.
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Official fee climbs to 64
Other deaths later caused indirectly by the storm included a case of carbon monoxide, a suicide, a person being run over by his own vehicle, and a death from complications following a fall.
An estimated 1,052 "surplus deaths" after Maria
Estimation of 4,645 deaths becomes a call
The median estimate of the study – 4,645 deaths – became a call for activists who are upset over the lack of accountability for the magnitude of the disaster by officials in Puerto Rico and the United States
An estimated 1,006 to 1,272 deaths
Puerto Rican government admits to 1427 more deaths than "normal"
In a report to Congress, the government said documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months following the storm as "normal," compared to deaths in the previous four years.
The number of 1427 also appeared in a draft report – "Transformation and Innovation in the Aftermath of Desolation" – which was published and opened for public comment on July 9. The Rico government, according to the final report, said on 13th June one day, officials said, […] forced by a judge to publish the death records that CNN and Centro de Periodismo Investigativo must announce in Puerto Rico. Time was running short of updating the official death toll.