Last September, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that at its height produced 175 mph winds, devastated the small Caribbean island.
The official death toll from the storm is estimated at 2,975. The previous death toll was 64. The new number, which was released in late August, was determined by a study Gov. Ricardo Rossello commissioned. Researchers from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health conducted the analysis.
In comparison, Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,836 people, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Puerto Rico’s electrical grid was destroyed as was much of the basic infrastructure. It took 11 months to fully restore power. Thousands of people lost their homes.
The Trump administration has been criticized for its handling of the relief effort.
Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz engaged in a twitter feud earlier this week. The feud began after Trump praised his administration’s handling of the relief effort. Cruz has said the U.S. response was inadequate.
The dispute comes as Hurricane Florence is expected to soon slam the coasts of North and South Carolina.
Ryan said Congress may consider assistance if needed.
Bryan is an award-winning political journalist who has extensive experience covering Congress and Maryland state government.
His work includes coverage of the election of Donald Trump, the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorneys general William Barr and Jeff Sessions-as well as that of the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bryan has broken stories involving athletic and sexual assault scandals with the Baltimore Post-Examiner.
His original UMBC investigation gained international attention, was featured in People Magazine and he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” and local radio stations. Bryan broke subsequent stories documenting UMBC’s omission of a sexual assault on their daily crime log and a federal investigation related to the university’s handling of an alleged sexual assault.