Puerto Rico hurricane: How was the 3,000 death toll worked out?

Puerto Rico hurricane: How was the 3,000 death toll worked out?

Trump disputed the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, denying that 3,000 people died on the island.

But in late August, the Puerto Rican government (including Gov. Ricardo Roselló) announced that the death toll was much higher: 2,975 people, which is an estimate based on extensive research by George Washington University. "You never know, but we know".

But when have Democrats ever let the facts get in the way of an anti-Trump myth?

There are also no state or federal guidelines in the USA for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths.

When Trump visited in October 2017, two weeks after the storm hit, the death toll at the time was indeed 16 people.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, saying it had been inflated to nearly 3,000 as part of a ploy to make him look bad.

And he did this as Hurricane Florence bore down on the us on Thursday. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have been persistently criticized, was having none of that Thursday.

He said: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. The people that went through this, they know what happened", Cora said. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us.

That report, while acknowledging that Puerto Rico's power system was on "life support" before the hurricane, also said that approximately 96 per cent of residents had power restored to them after Hurricane Irma hit before Maria. I hate talking about politics and all that.

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Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. Overall, unsafe storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

"Casualties don't make a person look bad", House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

After almost a year of controversy over the figures, the island's governor said the new estimate would now be considered the official death toll.

'He's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria, that decimated Puerto Rico past year, ' Colbert said.

At a news conference to discuss hurricane response and recovery early Friday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump's tweet by saying, "Think about that, pray over that".

While some Republican lawmakers have distanced themselves from the president's comments on Puerto Rico and the death toll, others say they understand his frustration with lingering criticism.

The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional".

Cora, who spends time in Puerto Rico in the offseason, said many people on the island are still struggling, but he's encouraged by the progress being made every day.

On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, the South African comedian said, "You see what the president doesn't seem to understand is that the effects of a hurricane last long after the storm has already passed, like the people on the Titanic, who froze in the water still died because of the crash".

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