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San Juan Mayor Blasts Rossello, Trump over New Maria Death Toll

SAN JUAN – San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said on Wednesday that the new figure of 2,975 deaths caused by Hurricane Maria will haunt Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and US President Donald Trump.

“That number, 2,975, will haunt the governor’s soul for the rest of his life,” Cruz told reporters after attending a public event.

She said that while Rossello has proven to be a good person, he is surrounded by incompetent people.

Cruz’s statements come after a report carried out by George Washington University, commissioned by the Rossello administration, was released Tuesday, showing that the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was 2,975.

Cruz denounced that Rossello took more than 60 days to request federal help to reestablish electricity, though she also criticized the Trump administration, accusing it of neglect.

“The administration killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect,” the mayor told CNN Wednesday.

“The Trump administration led us to believe they were helping when they weren’t up to par, and they didn’t allow other countries to help us,” she said.

Cruz recalled that the former director of the AEE electric utility confirmed that members of the Trump administration did not allow him to buy generators and other materials from outside the United States.

Much of the island was without power for months after Maria struck last September and many of the deaths now attributed to the storm were due to health crises caused or aggravated by the lack of electricity and clean water.

The George Washington University report denounces security and health agencies for not having assumed the responsibility of certifying the number of deaths caused by the hurricane.

 

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