Judge: Feds can end housing aid for Puerto Rican evacuees

Trump: We did 'fantastic' job with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Trump: We did 'fantastic' job with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

The remarks came just a day after the Puerto Rican government revealed that 2,975 people died as a outcome of the hurricane's devastation, while Trump told reporters on Wednesday that his administration had done a "fantastic job" on Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello upgraded that count to nearly 3,000 on based on a report commissioned by island officials and conducted by George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health.

In addition to estimating the excess deaths, the team also sought to identify flaws in mortality surveillance and communications systems and to offer recommendations aimed at helping Puerto Rico - and the mainland USA - establish better methods for disaster preparedness and response. They also found the risk of death was 45 percent higher for those living in low-income areas on the island, and elderly men were at the greatest risk of dying.

Trump added that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was thankful for the help. "We're still helping Puerto Rico".

He said he could not required FEMA "to do that which in a humanitarian and caring world should be done", but could only order it to do what the law requires.

That figure was then compared to the number of deaths reported from September 2017, when the hurricane hit, to February 2018, when the island still struggled with blackouts and a shortages of essential supplies on the road to recovery.

Hurricane Maria wreaked widespread devastation and caused $90 billion in damage when it tore across Puerto Rico, and is ranked as the third-costliest storm in the United States since 1900.

The current official death toll exceeds Hurricane Katrina's carnage of 1,833 in 2005, but is still short of the deadliest hurricane in recorded USA history.

Puerto Rico has struggled to fix its infrastructure and power grid since the storm, and is asking US Congress for $139bn (£108bn) in recovery funds. Irma knocked out Puerto Rico's entire power grid.

"It is anger, it is frustrating", she said. On Aug. 28, he raised the official death toll to 2,975 from 64.

Additional research must be done to understand how the hurricane was involved in the excess deaths identified in this study.

The same thing happened with the death count and other relief efforts, said Blondet. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said at the time.

"Especially between November and December, we were very concerned". They also said the public health system needs to be strengthened, though Goldman said they don't know yet whether those weaknesses contributed to storm-related deaths.

Rescue workers come to the rescue after Hurricane Maria.

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