As the true death toll from Hurricane Maria comes into focus, a reminder that the USG responded far slower, with far fewer resources and little of the coordinated international response…than we committed for Haiti in 2010.
Trump could have done far much more. He chose not to.
— zeddy (@Zeddary) May 29, 2018
New hurricane season begins on Friday, June 1st…
Harvard study: nearly 5,000 citizens died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria; Trump made it a secondary concern, tweeted insults at the San Juan mayor while she tried to save lives & awarded shady contracts to unqualified contractors, delaying recovery. https://t.co/yqRpjiyCbq
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 29, 2018
… More than eight months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island’s slow recovery has been marked by a persistent lack of water, a faltering power grid and a lack of essential services — all imperiling the lives of many residents, especially the infirm and those in remote areas hardest hit in September…
The Harvard findings indicate that health-care disruption for the elderly and the loss of basic utility services for the chronically ill had significant impacts, and the study criticized Puerto Rico’s methods for counting the dead — and its lack of transparency in sharing information — as detrimental to planning for future natural disasters. The authors called for patients, communities and doctors to develop contingency plans for such disasters.
Researchers in the mainland United States and Puerto Rico, led by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, calculated the number of deaths by surveying almost 3,300 randomly chosen households across the island and comparing the estimated post-hurricane death rate to the mortality rate for the year before. Their surveys indicated that the mortality rate was 14.3 deaths per 1,000 residents from Sept. 20 through Dec. 31, 2017, a 62 percent increase in the mortality rate compared with 2016, or 4,645 “excess deaths.”…
Maria, which caused $90 billion in damage, was the third-costliest tropical cyclone in the United States since 1900, the Harvard researchers said.
They also said that timely and accurate estimates of death tolls are critical to understanding the severity of disasters and targeting recovery efforts. And knowing the extent of the impact “has additional importance for families because it provides emotional closure, qualifies them for disaster-related aid and promotes resiliency,” they said.
The researchers noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that deaths can be directly attributed to storms such as Maria if they are caused by forces related to the event, whether it is flying debris or loss of medical services…
A key line from that Puerto Rico study: Their estimate of 4,645 dead after Hurricane Maria “is likely to be conservative.” In terms of loss of human life, that’s a tragedy deadlier than 9/11, and it happened right under our noses. https://t.co/sQmL8H2ivZ
— Matt Pearce ?? (@mattdpearce) May 29, 2018