New estimate of 2,975 dead in Puerto Rico is many times higher than the official recorded toll of 64, which was widely questioned

Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico in the desperate, sweltering months after the storm last year – almost double the previous government estimate of the death toll and many times higher than the official recorded toll of just 64.

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