Puerto Rican’s Bodies Aren’t Being Counted In Official Death Toll
Puerto Rican’s bodies aren’t being counted in official death toll
The Puerto Rican government is allowing funeral directors and crematoriums to burn the bodies of Hurricane Maria victims without counting them in the official death toll.The result is a death count that masks the extent of the hurricane’s devastation.
The official death toll now stands at 51, but is widely considered to be a gross underestimation of the actual number of lives lost during and after the hurricane.
Local relief workers estimated that more than 400 bodies were packed into a morgue in Aguadilla, in the U.S. territory’s northwestern tip, and Reps. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and …