October 20, 2017

WBUR: Sens. Warren And Markey Call On Administration To Ensure Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Accurate

Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are among a group of 13 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to ensure the accuracy of the count of people who have died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.

As of Thursday, the official death count for the U.S. territory is 48, the senators said, but media reports cited by the group have estimated that the number is much higher than that - potentially in the hundreds.

In a letter to Elaine Duke, acting U.S. homeland security secretary, the senators write: "An accurate death toll is important for understanding the true severity of the situation on the ground, for recognizing potential problems and vulnerabilities, for assessing the quality of the disaster response so far, and for setting policy going forward."

Read more on the WBUR website here.