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In a report released to US Congress this week by the Puerto Rican government highlighting a $139 billion reconstruction plan, they conceded that more than 1,400 people were killed as a result of Hurricane Maria, which struck the US territory about 11 months ago in September 2017. Facing criticism over their response to the storm, the government has previously kept their official death toll number at 64 people. An official told the Associated Press Thursday that “the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon.” Public Safety Department Secretary Hector Pesquera says that the figure of more than 1,400 “is simple math” and that “this is not the official number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria.” This new, unofficial death toll includes fatalities both directly and indirectly from the storm. It notes how most occurred after Maria hit, citing prolonged power outages and inaccessibility to food…