Puerto Rico raises official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975

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New estimate is based on the finding that the number of deaths from September 2017 to February 2018 was up 22% year on year

Puerto Rico on Tuesday raised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975 people – a dramatic increase on the previous official figure of 64 – almost a year after the devastating storm struck the island.

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