Puerto Rico mayor speaks out about estimated death toll from Hurricane Maria

Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 12:33 PM CDT
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The mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico is responding to reports about the death toll from Hurricane Maria.

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz spoke out about the deadly hurricane during an event in San Antonio on Saturday.

Last week, a Puerto Rican government report revealed that the death toll may stand at more than 1,400 people, which is far above the official estimate of 64 deaths.

Mayor Cruz focused on why these people died.

Cruz says "Too much power has been given to that number. The truth is that people died because the Trump administration did not pay attention and because most of the political class in Puerto Rico decided to be silent and look the other way."

The 1400 number is not official yet, but Puerto Rico has hired George Washington University to estimate how many people died in the aftermath of the storm.

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