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Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria killed 2,975 in Puerto Rico: study

WASHINGTON: Hurricane Maria killed 2,975 people in Puerto Rico, according to the results of a long-awaited study commissioned by the US government, amid controversy over the true toll of the 2017 monster storm. "The results of our epidemiological study suggest that, tragically, Hurricane Maria led to a large number of excess deaths throughout the island," said principal investigator Carlos Santos-Burgoa, a professor of global health at George Washington University. "Certain groups -- those in lower income areas and the…

Desperate rescue effort after Hurricane Maria toll climbs to 33

SAN JUAN: Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods on Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as rescuers raced against time to reach residents trapped in their homes and the death toll climbed to 33. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastructure. "Part of the island is lacking communications so what we have are some preliminary assessments about 13 deaths at this juncture," Rossello…

Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as PM predicts dire outcome

DOMINICA: Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island of Dominica on Tuesday, with its prime minister predicting potentially grave losses and mass destruction as winds and rain from the Category Five storm barrelled into territories still reeling from Irma. With residents fleeing homes Maria made landfall with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "We have lost all what money can buy and replace," Dominica's premier Roosevelt Skerrit posted on…

Hurricane Maria bears down on storm-battered Caribbean

GUADELOUPE: Hurricane Maria barrelled towards the storm-battered eastern Caribbean and was expected to strengthen on Monday as it churned along a path similar to that of megastorm Irma earlier in the month. The new storm, which the US National Hurricane Center warned could become a "major hurricane", threatens the French territory of Guadeloupe, which was the staging area for relief operations for several islands hit by Irma. Guadeloupe was to go on "red alert" Monday with schools, businesses and government offices…