Temporary housing to end for Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

Temporary housing to end for Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

The remarks came just a day after the Puerto Rican government revealed that 2,975 people died as a effect of the hurricane's devastation, while Trump told reporters on Wednesday that his administration had done a "fantastic job" on Puerto Rico.

The new estimate of almost 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electrical grid was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. In December, The Fresh York Conditions estimated 1,052 "excess deaths" occurred after Maria.

The team found that lack of communication, well established guidelines and lack of training for physicians on how to certify deaths in disasters, resulted in a limited number of deaths being identified as hurricane related.

"Certain groups - those in lower income areas and the elderly - faced the highest risk".

Trump's comments on Wednesday were not the first time he has praised the federal response in Puerto Rico.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was publicly critical of Trump and the lack of meaningful response to the natural disaster previous year.

Hurricane Maria may go down as one of the deadliest disasters in American history.

Quinones said she was in Puerto Rico three weeks ago.

A judge says the federal government can end a temporary housing vouching program for hundreds of Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat, said the report shows the US government failed the people of Puerto Rico.

"I'm very proud and grateful to be a Southern Baptist and for the continuous support that our churches, through NAMB and Send Relief, gave and are giving to restore Puerto Rico", he said, "but also for the focus to take advantage of this crisis to make Christ known to my people". A Pennsylvania State University study put the number at 1,085.

Trump has trumpeted his handling of the storm's aftermath, including saying in the days afterward the storm had resulted in a relatively small number of deaths compared to a "real catastrophe like Katrina". Puerto Rico was hit by storms Maria, Irma and Philippe, and was narrowly missed by hurricane Jose.

The count in Puerto Rico could change as the government continues to investigate deaths from the storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló said.

"Do you know what it's like to see your mother run out of oxygen?" she said.

News organizations and some members of Congress have raised questions about the official death toll in Puerto Rico, which had remained at 64 for months.

Rescue workers come to the rescue after Hurricane Maria. With some of the island still without power, Puerto Rico now faces into a hurricane season this year.

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