Puerto Rico Admits hurricane Maria claimed more lives than previously reported

Puerto Rico has revealed that Hurricane Maria killed 1,427 people and not 64 as it has previously reported.

The latest figure was in a report to US Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm which struck the island in September 2017.

Some experts estimate that some more than 45-hundred people lost their lives, but the official figure of 64 has remained unchanged since late last year.

A government spokesperson acknowledged the latest number as a “realistic estimate” but said the death toll had not been officially changed, because the authorities were awaiting the results of a study by George Washington University.

The New York Times was first to report that Puerto Rican authorities had discreetly accepted the revised estimate.