How do you count deaths from a hurric...

How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

Jun 12, 2018 Read more: SFGate
NEW YORK (AP) - How many people died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria? It's a question that has been debated since the powerful storm slammed into the island and devastated the U.S. territory last year. It's also raised questions about how officials go about the challenging task of counting deaths and deciding what criteria to use. Someone who is killed by a storm-toppled tree, yes. But someone electrocuted by downed power lines many days later? No government agency has a good handle on counting disaster deaths, said George Haddow, a former official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency who teaches disaster operations at Tulane University in New Orleans. "Everybody counts it differently," Haddow said.

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