Hurricane Maria named the second deadliest U.S. storm in history: reports

By Lagboye Kadiri | Sep 04, 2018
Death toll from Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria has risen to 2,975, making it the second deadliest hurricane in over a century.

Authorities raised the death toll from last year's storm to 2,975 on Tuesday, surpassing that of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which claimed 1,833 lives and the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane in Florida, which killed 2,500 people.

There is a possibility that the numbers could change as the government continues to investigate deaths from the storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello said. Until the recent update, Puerto Rico's government had maintained that only 64 people died from the incident.

However, the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 remains the deadliest recorded hurricane in U.S. history.

Before the recent update, new organizations and some members of Congress have raised questions about the official death toll, which has remained 64 for months.

In addition, when CNN reporters visited about half of the funeral homes across the island, they found out that funeral home directors identified 499 deaths they considered to be hurricane-related. In December, The New York Times estimated 1,052 "excess deaths" occurred after Maria. Others also produced similar results.

Democrats in the House, including some Hispanic Caucus members, have requested an investigation into the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria.

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