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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1335 on: May 30, 2018, 02:40:55 pm »
I bet it was more than that.



    Puerto Rico

Study: Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 in Puerto Rico

A third of the storm-related deaths on the island was caused by issues over access to healthcare, researchers say.
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Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years [Alvin Baez/Reuters]

Hurricane Maria killed directly or indirectly more than 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, more than 70 times the toll recorded by officials, a new study has suggested.

In the 102 days since the hurricane hit the island, an estimated 4,645 people died, according to the study published on Tuesday by US-based The New England Journal of Medicine.

A third of the deaths were caused by delayed or interrupted access to healthcare, said the Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria study, which was compiled by Harvard University researchers.

The overall figure dwarfs the government count of 64 people.

It also follows earlier independent studies which placed the death toll at around 1,000 in the 40 days since the hurricane struck.
Puerto Rico crisis ongoing months after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit the US territory of Puerto Rico in 90 years, made landfall on the island in September 2017.

It caused an estimated $90bn of damages, destroyed more than 70,000 homes and leaving many people with limited access to electricity, fuel, mobile phone coverage and basic supplies.

"On average, households went 84 days without electricity, 64 days without water, and 41 days without cellular telephone coverage after the hurricane," the study said.
Official toll under review

The latest estimate was based on interviews conducted with more than 3,000 randomly selected Puerto Rican households in January and February this year.

Experts alleged the disruption and widespread devastation hampered attempts to accurately record the number of people killed by the storm.

Puerto Rico officials have not shared any new data on hurricane-related deaths since December 2017, when Governor Ricardo Rossello ordered a review of the official toll.

The study, however, said mortality rates on the island increased 62 percent from September 20 - when Hurricane Maria made landfall - to December 31, compared with the same period in 2016.


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The report used criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if a person's death could be blamed on the hurricane.

Deaths can be attributed to a cyclone if they are caused by forces directly related to the event or unsafe or unhealthy conditions resulting from it, according to CDC criteria.

Accurate recording of the deaths is vital, the study said, for "future risk reduction and preparedness planning".

At least one independent expert questioned the methods and the number in the new study.

"This estimate could be off by thousands. Easily," Donald Berry, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told The Associated Press.

Hurricane Maria was the second Category 5 storm to affect Puerto Rico - home to 3.4 million people - within the space of two weeks last year, after Hurricane Irma killed three people earlier in September.
Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

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Puerto Rico: Shelter After the Storm

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Very interesting collapse article on PR here that predicts they will lose more than half their population by mid century. This is without additional major hurricanes.[/size]


Good article. 

There are a series of problems in Puerto Rico that too few people know about. Those environmental problems are more harmful to human health than the hurricane caused infrastructure destruction. Those problems were exacerbated by the hurricanes.

Here is a brief list of those problems:

1) SEVERE aquifer contamination by pharmaceutical plants for the last 40 years causing increased cancer, bith defects, IQ decrease and mental disease.

2) SEVERE air and aquifer contamination by Chemical plants for over 50 years.

3) SEVERE air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, some using coal and others using Venezuelan high sulfur crap to run the plants.

4) SEVERE chemical poisoning of the soil, which also leaches into the aquifers to add poison insult to injury, from routine massive use of pesticides and non-selective herbicides like Glyphoste for over 50 years. This too, contributes to cancer and birth defects.

5) Improper garbage disposal and no effective recycling campaign adds to air and ground pollution and disease near the dumps.

6) The south of Puerto Rico has been the wild west for Monsanto to test WHATEVER it wants for over 50 years on the "test" crops. If you think those efforts are innocuous, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

7) ALL the birth control products now used all over the world were initially tested by American Doctors on Puerto Rican women in the 1940's. Birth defects and deaths frequently resulted from the drugs that didn't work as planned. If you think Puerto Rico does not continue to be a testing ground for drugs, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Of course Puerto Rico iwill be depopulated to a great extent. Puerto Rico is a textbook example of a Capitalist "deregulated" Paradise. They used to have some social programs to help the people get by. That's old hat now. Puerto Rico is going FULL Libertarian. The laws are written for the rich and the poor either live with this cruel capitalist slavery or leave.

The irony of all this for me is that Climate Change is going to give the same sucker punch, on steroids, to the USA as the Capitalists (a lot of them were, and are, bought and paid for Puerto Ricans) gave to Puerto Rico for over a century. What goes around really does come around.
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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