Hurricane Maria was a deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated the northeastern Caribbean in September 2017, particularly Dominica, Saint Croix, and Puerto Rico. It is regarded as the worst natural disaster in recorded history to affect those islands
The official death toll for Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, has remained at 64 since December 29, 2017. Accurate estimates of deaths from environmental disasters are important for informing rescue, recovery, and policy
Quantifying the effect of natural disasters on society is critical for recovery of public health services and infrastructure. The death toll can be difficult to assess in the aftermath of a major disaster. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria caused massive
According to a new study, the mortality rate in Puerto Rico rose by 62% after Hurricane Maria, concluding that the original estimate of 64 excess deaths due to Hurricane Maria is likely to be a substantial underestimate. To produce an independent estimate of lives lost, researchers surveyed 3,299 randomly chosen households across Puerto Rico.
A recent study warns that a failure to properly account for all the deaths related to the 2017 storm and the possible dismantling of the territory's data collection services might affect the island's current chance of recovery, as well as its ability to respond to future emergencies.
Experts from the University of Tennessee Knoxville discussed issues related to power outages in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Some of the issues identified were the exposure of electricity lines and the need to finance better options, such as buried power lines or microgrids, compared to what is used today.
The increasing impact of extreme weather events, the most recent being Hurricane Maria, has top United Nations officials urging efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures. Hurricane Maria is following the same path of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose through the Caribbean.
At 7 a-m. CDT on Sunday, August 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale. By 9:30 a.m. CDT that same morning, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called for a first-ever mandatory