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Puerto Rico admits Hurricane Maria’s death toll may be 1,427
The government of Puerto Rico has quietly admitted that the death toll from Hurricane Maria — a subject of great controversy — may be far higher than its official estimate of 64.
In a report to Congress dated Wednesday, the US commonwealth’s government says documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm than “normal,” compared with deaths that occurred the previous four years.
The 1,427 figure also appeared in a draft of the report — “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation” — which was published and opened for public comment July 9. The figure was first “revealed” by the Puerto Rico government, according to the final report, on June 13, one day after officials were forced by a judge to release death records that CNN and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico had sued to make public…
Flooding in India
From June to September each year, monsoon rains fall in southern Asia. The rains are crucial to agriculture, but at the same time pose hazards to crops, homes, and people. Floods often submerge fields, destroy buildings, and contaminate drinking water.
By late July 2011, the downside of monsoon rains was apparent in parts of India and Nepal, as both countries coped with displaced residents and casualties. This image shows estimated rainfall amounts from July 10 to 16, 2011. The lowest rainfall amounts (less than 50 millimeters, or 2 inches) appear in pale green, and the heaviest amounts (more than 400 millimeters, or 16 inches) appear in dark blue…
At least 34 people dead after flooding in India’s Kerala state
At least 34 people have died in India’s Kerala state after torrential rain and landslides caused severe flooding. The flood is the worst the region has seen in 100 years with more than 14 districts put on high alert…