Home > Press Releases > Statement by Carlos R. Mercader, executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, on the release of Harvard University survey on Hurricane Maria death toll

May 29, 2018
San Juan, Puerto Rico

“The Government of Puerto Rico welcomes the newly released Harvard University survey and we look forward to analyzing it. As the world knows, the magnitude of this tragic disaster caused by Hurricane Maria resulted in many fatalities. We have always expected the number to be higher than what was previously reported. That is why we commissioned The George Washington University (GWU) to carry out a thorough study on the number of fatalities caused by Hurricane Maria which will be released soon. Both studies will help us better prepare for future natural disasters and prevent lives from being lost.”