Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló wants a recount of the death toll following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The official stands at 64 lives lost, but according to an analysis by the New York Times, the number is likely exceeds 1,000.
The Puerto Rican government had previously reported that more than 900 deaths since the hurricane — an unusually high amount for the region — were due to “natural causes” and unrelated to the disaster. Now, officials say that the months-long blackout on the island could have hindered medical treatment for many, contributing to a higher death count.
President Donald Trump took some heat in October after saying that Rosselló should be proud to have lost only 16 people compared to the thousands who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in the U.S.
The Trump administration’s response to the damage cause by Maria has been harshly criticized as inadequate. Three months after the hurricane, a large portion of the island is still without full electrical capacity, and many are without power at all.