❝ In Puerto Rico, the official government estimate for the number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria (the hurricane that struck the island in late September 2017) is just 64. But a new study from Harvard University, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, estimates that the true number is closer to 4,645—that is, more than 70 times the official estimate.
❝ According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths that occur due to unsafe conditions or loss of medical services caused by a hurricane or other weather events are attributed to that weather event…
The New York Times, CNN, and Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism have all independently reported death tolls significantly higher than the 64 deaths the Puerto Rican government has been reporting.
If this was a battlefield assaulted by Imperial America, the number of enemy dead would be inflated, US casualties diminished. The mindset is at least consistent among the bigots running this country.
I can’t say, “our country”. It hasn’t been our country in a long, long time.
4 thoughts on “Puerto Rico death toll 70 times greater than “official” tale”
“Donald Trump is using his power to dehumanize people who aren’t white. It can be fatal.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/14/donald-trump-immigration-puerto-rico-policies-lethal-nonwhites-column/697856002/
“For Puerto Rican Storm Evacuees, Another Moving Day Looms” (NYT Jun 30, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/us/puerto-rico-fema-housing-orlando.html
A federal judge on Saturday night temporarily blocked the government from ending housing aid to Puerto Ricans currently living on the mainland after being displaced by Hurricane Maria, according to court documents. http://thehill.com/homenews/news/395088-hundreds-of-puerto-ricans-could-be-displaced-by-end-of-temporary-housing U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin extended the program by just a few days, ruling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cannot end the program until Tuesday. The program provides [1,744] Puerto Rican hurricane survivors with temporary housing in hotels and motels.
“If this eviction goes forth, it will do irreparable harm to people who have already suffered so much,” said Denise Collazo, Chief of Staff for Faith In Action, an interfaith group that has been working with evacuees. “Thousands of people lost homes, jobs, cars, places to go to school, and are suffering unnecessarily. FEMA can end this by activating the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) now. Instead, FEMA is offering one-way plane tickets to send people back to a place that is in no way ready to receive them.” http://latinojustice.org/briefing_room/press_releases/Temporary_Restraining_Order_Filed_to_Stop_evictions_of_Families_Displaced_Hurricane_Maria/ Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm, and at least 5,000 Puerto Ricans still have no electricity.
“New Report Debunks Jones Act Myths in Puerto Rico” (July 18, 2018) http://gcaptain.com/new-report-debunks-jones-act-myths-in-puerto-rico/ “The report found that the state of the art maritime technology, Puerto-Rico focused investments, and dedicated closed-loop service offered by Jones Act carriers actually provide a significant positive economic impact to the island, at freight rates lower or comparable to similar services to other Caribbean Islands.
The report, titled “Impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico”, is the first comprehensive report on the impact of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.” See https://www.americanmaritimepartnership.com/puerto-rico-economy/
Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 is known as the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped between U.S. ports be transported on vessels that are American crewed and American built and owned. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Marine_Act_of_1920
“The forgotten Americans: Puerto Rico after Maria” (Guardian UK 8/7/18) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/the-forgotten-americans-puerto-rico-after-maria