These suicide statistics come at a time that the government of Puerto Rico said it will not provide any new data on hurricane-related deaths until a working group presents a formal report—expected to be released in early April.
As of this posting, there have now been a total of 537 more deaths in September 2017 when compared with September 2016, and 657 more deaths in October 2017 when compared to October 2017.
“We always expected that the number of hurricane-related deaths would increase as we received more factual information —not hearsay— and this review will ensure we are correctly counting everybody.”
A comment was made 36 hours after requests to both the White House and Department of Homeland Security.
The majority of these deaths were men and women over 50 years old who died in hospitals and nursing homes.
“Our findings suggest that the actual mortality burden attributable to Hurricane María may be far higher than current official statistics,and may exceed the current official death toll by a factor of 10, or more.”