Puerto Rican government: 1,427 people died after 2017 hurricanes

The Puerto Rican government acknowledged Thursday that more than 1,400 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. And now government officials say they are not as prepared as they need to be for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season.

n a report to Congress dated Wednesday, the US commonwealth's government says documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm than "normal," compared with deaths that occurred the previous four years.

The 1,427 figure also appeared in a draft of the report -- "Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation" -- which was published and opened for public comment July 9. The figure was first "revealed" by the Puerto Rico government, according to the final report, on June 13, one day after officials were forced by a judge to release death records that CNN and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico had sued to make public.

Officials stopped short of updating the official death toll for the September 20 storm.

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