US Death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria more than doubles to 34

03:15  04 october  2017
03:15  04 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

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As Major Hurricane Maria swept into the Turks and Caicos on Friday, officials in island nations already devastated by the storm announced more deaths amid the widespread destruction. In Puerto Rico , where the death toll is expected to continue to rise, Gov.

A couple walks past the Plaza de Armas on October 1, 2017 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage to the island as residents are now coping with shortages of water and electricity. © Jose Jimenez/Getty Images A couple walks past the Plaza de Armas on October 1, 2017 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage to the island as residents are now coping with shortages of water and electricity.

Oct 3 (Reuters) - The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has more than doubled to 34, a spokesman for Governor Ricardo Rosello said on Tuesday.

The worst hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in more than 90 years directly killed 19 people, said Pedro Cerame, the governor's director of communications in Washington.

Just hours earlier when President Donald Trump visited the island to survey the damage the official death toll remained as it has for days at 16 dead. (Reporting by Lisa Shumaker in Chicago; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. House Speaker Ryan in Puerto Rico as Maria costs mount .
House Speaker Paul Ryan is getting a firsthand look at the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Ryan and other members of a congressional delegation met at the airport briefly with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday.

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