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Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count

Original story at Vox• 5 mentions • 1 week ago

Vox 1 week ago

 
Death tolls are the primary way that we understand the impact of a disaster. And for nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, as a humanitarian crisis was intensifying, the death toll was frozen at 16. “16 people certified,” Trump said on October 3 during his visit to the island, repeating a figure confirmed by the territory’s governor. "Everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico." It was a moment that crystalized two conflicting narratives about the Puerto Rico disaster. The first one, from the federal government and Puerto Rico’s governor, is ...
 
 
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What they're saying:

14 Oct
Pedro da Costa @pdacosta
RT @OxfamAmerica: The death toll in #PuertoRico is likely significantly higher than official reports: https://t.co/nchCsT9gfH via @voxdotcom
13 Oct
steve from virginia @econundertow
Casualties mount in #PuertoRico after hurricane- no food, water or medical supplies: https://t.co/2Dszk5XjUA
12 Oct
Barry Ritholtz @ritholtz
Puerto Rico hurricane death toll is now 45 with 69 people missing https://t.co/oTjHCKjg6q via @voxdotcom
12 Oct
Matthew Yglesias @mattyglesias
RT @kaysteiger: The government seems uninterested in keeping an accurate tally of deaths in Puerto Rico https://t.co/eXdbzTWB37 https://t.c
12 Oct
David Wessel @davidmwessel
Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the (low) official count says @voxdotcom https://t.co/4G8BGLecCD