The White House on Wednesday, according to a Harvard study that has estimated the death toll from last year's tragedy in Puerto Rico to be 5,000, has been criticized Responding to Hurricane Maria Shaken off.

The Official The death toll from the storm is reported at 64, but the Puerto Rican authorities believe the number is far higher.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House spokeswoman, asked…39&Itemid=32 According to the frightening numbers from the Harvard study and defending FEMA 's reaction to the storm. The ship was hit on 20 September two weeks after the devastation

Sanders said the government has responded to the storm with the largest FEMA deployment

"We support the efforts of Gov. Rosello to complete the bookkeeping and hunt Transparency and those who suffer from this tragedy deserve nothing less, "she added.

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National Nurse United, the country's largest association for nurses, said the study confirms what volunteer nurses do who witnessed the island landing in the days and weeks after September 20 – residents "dying left" by a federal response: "Failed to own American citizens."

"Local nurses saw people dying," said Bonnie Castillo, union director. "Our volunteers came back to the US and kept saying" The population of Puerto Rico is dying. Do something! "

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Who serves on the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives, described the Harvard estimate as" heartbreaking "and condemned the federal response to the storm as" lamentably inadequate ". 19659006] Deputy FEMA Administrator Michael Byrne defended his efforts to a House of Representatives committee two months ago.

Byrne testified that more than 19,000 federal employees from 80 local authorities were at the height of emergency on-site goods such as food, water, and tarpaulins and Building Materials "were delivered by plane, SUV and on foot, making it the largest and longest goods delivery mission of FEMA history."

Mary Destroyed Thousands The Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health researchers published a study this week Based on a survey of more than 3,000 hours, the researchers provided at least 4,645 "practice heightened deaths "that occurred during the storm and the ensuing weeks when the island was fighting for basic services such as food, water and medical care. The researchers also said the number was probably conservative and that the total could have exceeded 5,000.

For comparison, more than 1,800 people died when Katrina roared across the US Gulf Coast in 2005 as a Category 5 hurricane.

Christy Delafield, a spokeswoman for the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, has spent time in Puerto Rico since Mary. She said her group had always believed official numbers were low, but "the numbers at Harvard are worse than we feared."

"The lack of electricity and basic services meant that people could not get long help after the Second World War," she said. "Older people, people with health problems and very young people were particularly at risk."

Carlos Mercader, executive director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration, said the Puerto Rican government welcomed the study and would further analyze it. He said the officials expected the number to be much higher than previous counts, and a team from George Washington University made an overview of the soon-to-be-due death toll.

"As the world knows, the magnitude of this tragic catastrophe caused by Hurricane Maria has led to many deaths," he said. "Both studies help us prepare better for future natural disasters and prevent lives from being lost."


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