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6.5.18

The Best Way to Honor Hurricane Maria’s Victims: Constructive Rage

By Jose Calderon, President, Hispanic Federation

Rage.

That was one of the many emotions I felt earlier this week after I finished reading a report on Hurricane Maria-caused mortality in Puerto Rico produced by the T.H. Chan School for Public Health at Harvard University and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings of the study, based on data drawn from surveys conducted on the island after the storm, indicate that nearly 5,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of the storm. If the study’s findings prove accurate, and there is little reason to believe they won’t, Hurricane Maria will go down as the deadliest natural disaster in America in more than a century, and the deadliest in the island’s history.