President Trump took heat on Thursday for questioning a report that said 2,975 people died as the result of a hurricane that hit Puerto Rico in 2017, but the truth is, no one really knows.
Puerto Rico started counting in the first few days after Hurricane Maria hit, but stopped at 64. It then commissioned a study by George Washington University, which this summer put forward an estimate that 2,975 people died as a result of the storm.
That 2,975 number is an estimate that Puerto Rico has accepted, in large part because the island commonwealth has no better number to offer.
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