(Cambridge, MA) – Deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be higher than first thought. Officially, the death toll is at 64, but that could be closer to five-thousand if a new Harvard University study is to be believed.
A survey of more than three-thousand households indicates as many as 46-hundred-45 more deaths happened than would have under normal conditions. Researchers say a third of the deaths can be attributed to delayed or interrupted healthcare.
The survey covered from the time the storm made landfall on September 20th to December 31st. The study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” today.