A Puerto Rican flag inside a pair of shoes at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1, 2018. In a report to Congress requesting recovery funds, the government acknowledged that 1,427 people probably died in Hurricane Maria. The official death toll is 64. (Erika P. Rodriguez/The New York Times)
A Puerto Rican flag inside a pair of shoes at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1, 2018. In a report to Congress requesting recovery funds, the government acknowledged that 1,427 people probably died in Hurricane Maria. The official death toll is 64. (Erika P. Rodriguez/The New York Times) ERIKA P RODRIGUEZ NYT
A Puerto Rican flag inside a pair of shoes at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1, 2018. In a report to Congress requesting recovery funds, the government acknowledged that 1,427 people probably died in Hurricane Maria. The official death toll is 64. (Erika P. Rodriguez/The New York Times) ERIKA P RODRIGUEZ NYT

Puerto Rico death toll can’t be downplayed

August 09, 2018 06:20 PM