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Hurricane Maria claims 43 lives in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria claims 43 lives in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria claimed 43 lives in Puerto Rico, an official confirmed on Tuesday.

Maria hit the island on September 20 and has been recorded as the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in nearly 90 years. 

The hurricane caused damage to the island's electricity, damaging many homes and infrastructure.

Secretary of public affairs and public policy Ramon Rosario said that 16 percent of electricity service has been restored. 

Rosario said that the death toll could continue to rise particularly in rural areas. Those living there don't have basic necessities or access to local hospitals. 

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