The official government count of the number of people killed when Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico last year stands at 64. But researchers say the true number of deaths may actually be much higher. A new analysis puts the figure at 1,139. While that's many times the official figure, it is not as high as another study that came out earlier this year. The researchers used official government death records in their study, according to a paper on the findings published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a peer-reviewed medical journal. The findings took into account people who died from both the hurricane's immediate impact and its secondary effects during the months after it barreled into Puerto Rico in September. "If we have a better idea of the damage that Hurricane Maria actually did, then maybe we can use that experience to inform and reshape protocols, policies and emergency management protocols," Alexis Raúl Santos, an assistant professor of … [Read more...] about New study sheds light on death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Some 1,139 people are likely to have perished after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, far more than the official death count of 64, according to a Pennsylvania State University study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study underscores the extent to which President Donald Trump initially underestimated the September tragedy when he compared it favorably to "a real catastrophe like Katrina," the storm that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.But it also adds to a cacophony of conflicting numbers, from the commonwealth's double-digit official estimate to a Harvard University study in May that put the total at around 5,000, even more than the 1,833 who perished in Katrina.The latest report used official death statistics from January 2010 through December 2017 to estimate excess mortality after the storm. The authors, led by Penn State's Alexis Santos-Lozada, said their analysis of vital records provided more reliable results than the widely-cited Harvard … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria probably killed 1,139 in Puerto Rico, Penn State study shows
WORCESTER -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday again ordered FEMA to extend its shelter benefits for those who evacuated Puerto Rico following September 2017 hurricanes, allowing families to remain in agency-supported hotel rooms through the end of August. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Hillman issued his third extension of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Temporary Shelter Assistance program after hearing arguments on whether he should order a longer-term injunction to prevent the Trump administration from ending support for Hurricane Maria evacuees. Hillman's decision to continue the temporary restraining order preventing evacuee evictions allows hurricane survivors to stay in FEMA-supported shelter through Aug. 31 -- more than two months after the agency had planned to terminate TSA program benefits for those impacted by the storm. A formal ruling on the oral arguments expected before Aug. 31. U.S. Sen. … [Read more...] about Massachusetts federal judge extends FEMA shelter benefit for Hurricane Maria evacuees through Aug. 31
Tracy Schuhmacher Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Published 7:38 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 Under perfectly sunny skies and a gentle cooling breeze, Sunday afternoon's visitors to the Puerto Rican Festival clustered around a large tent in the middle of a parking lot at Frontier Field. The draw for the day was sanctioned boxing matches, held in collaboration with the Rochester Fight Factory. The amateur matches have been a popular part of the festival for the past 10 years, said Orlando Ortiz, president of the festival. Boxing is one of the most popular sports in Puerto Rico, and many of its boxers have achieved prominence on an international level. "It is a part of our culture," Ortiz said. The boxers ranged in age from seven years old to over 50. The competitors came from Buffalo and Syracuse and from as far as Ohio and Detroit. "We're trying to expand our reach," Ortiz said. The weekend's festivities also included a parade, musical entertainment and children's … [Read more...] about First Puerto Rican Festival since Hurricane Maria features boxing and a taste of home
At the Puerto Rican Festival Boston 2018, the Bay State's Puerto Rican community will join together to celebrate unity in the wake of the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last fall and the government’s “shameful acts” in response, according to Edwin Alicea, the president of the festival. “We both want to represent our culture… and [respond to] what happened after Maria with the shameful acts of the current government, under the new president, and the delay in [receiving] funds and supplies,” Alicea says. To kick off the weekend’s festivities at the Puerto Rican Festival Boston 2018, a commencement ceremony was held with Mayor Marty Walsh and other elected officials at City Hall Plaza on Monday. Officials raised the Puerto Rican flag in homage to the victims of Hurricane Maria, the airmen killed in a recent plane crash in Georgia, Puerto Rican activist Rey Santiago Alicea of Jamaica Plain, as well as Andres Cruz, a store … [Read more...] about Puerto Rican Festival Boston 2018 challenges shameful response to Hurricane Maria by U.S.