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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…

Trump gives self 10/10 for Puerto Rico response

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday gave his administration ten-out-of-ten for its response a hurricane that hammered Puerto Rico exactly one month ago, as 80 percent of the US island remained without power. Meeting Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello in the Oval Office, Trump acknowledged the massive scale of the rebuilding effort, but defended his administration's response. "We have provided so much, so fast, we were actually there before the storm hit," Trump said. "They got hit dead center." As…

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…

Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss World 2016

OXON HILL, UNITED STATES: Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sunday, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe. Del Valle, 19, is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle called it an "honour and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland. First runner-up was…