Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria death toll may exceed 1,000

A medic checks on Kirk Thompson as U.S. Army 1st Special Force Command delivered food and water to him after he had not received any aid in the wake of the devastation left across the island
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The official count of Hurricane Maria-related deaths in Puerto Rico is 64, but independent investigations have suggested for months that this number may be too low. In early October, BuzzFeed News reported that funeral homes had "dozens" more bodies than the government had acknowledged, and in November, a CNN survey of funeral homes found reports of 499 dead.

A Saturday report from The New York Times indicates the true death toll may be higher still. By comparing Puerto Rico's normal mortality rate from previous years to the number of deaths reported in the aftermath of Maria, the Times concluded 1,052 people have died in connection to the storm.

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