Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico More Than 70 Times Official Estimate

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People march to protest pension cuts, school closures and slow hurricane recovery efforts in the El Condado tourist zone in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, May 2, 2018.  (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/ AFP)

Hurricane Maria killed at least 4,645 people in Puerto Rico, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. The new estimate, which far exceeds the government's official death count of 64, comes as the island continues to struggle with power outages, supply shortages and a crippled economy. We'll discuss the study and what can be done to improve conditions for Puerto Rico's residents as a new hurricane season approaches.

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