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Watch New Study: Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll Near 5,000 News Video

Watch New Study: Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll Near 5,000 News Video

“The White House on Wednesday shook off criticism of the emergency response to Hurricane Maria following a Harvard study that estimated the death toll from last year’s tragedy in Puerto Rico may have reached 5,000.

“The official death toll from the storm is listed as 64, but Puerto Rican officials have maintained they believe the number is far higher.

“White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked about the startling numbers in the Harvard study, defended FEMA’s response to the storm that slammed into the island as a Category 4 hurricane Sept. 20, two weeks after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

“Sanders said the government responded to the storm with the largest FEMA effort in history.”

Read more at USA Today

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