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Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria death toll rises from 64 to 2,975

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The death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has jumped from 64 to nearly 3,000 after an official report was released.

Governor Ricardo Rossello raised the toll to 2,975 after a government-commissioned study found deaths from the storm were severely undercounted.



He has also said he will create a commission to implement the recommendations in the new report, and create a registry of those expected to be most vulnerable in a future storm, such as the elderly or bedridden.

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The new estimate of 2,975, 46 times more than the original figure, was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Maria devastated the island in September 2017, knocking out the entire electrical grid.

The government’s previous estimate had been 1,400 more deaths than normal in the three months after the storm.

Dean of the Milken Institute School, Lynn Goldman, said: “We are hopeful that the government will accept this as an official death toll.

“A lesson from this is that efforts for assistance and recovery need to focus as much as possible on lower-income areas, on people who are older, who are more vulnerable.”

According to researchers, part of the reason the toll had been so low is that doctors were not trained in how to classify deaths as a result of a disaster.

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The number of deaths between September 2017 and February 2018 was 22% higher than the same period in the year before.

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French president pledges to oust anti-Semitism

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France President Emmanuel Macron has disclosed his intention to end anti-Semitism due to the  rate in which racism is growing.



When addressing the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), he pledge to introduce legislation to oust hate speech and expresses his desire to cooperate with social media firms to identify the authors.

“Our country, and for that matter all of Europe and most Western democracies, seems to be facing a resurgence of anti-Semitism unseen since World War II,” Macron said on Wednesday.

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In addition he said “Behind the negation of Israel’s existence, what is hiding is the hatred of Jews.”

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French president added that anti-Semitism is based on “radical Islamism” as a rampant ideology in France’s multi-ethnic, poor neighborhoods.

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Fire out-break leave scores dead in Bangladesh’s Capital, Dhaka.

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Two source knowledgeable with the blaze that broke out on Wednesday evening has confirmed that the incident had claim at least 60 resident in Bangladesh’s Capital, Dhaka.



The fire fighter was seen struggling to bring the blaze under control as the fire wax stronger when it spread to surrounding house filled with plastic and gas cylinder.

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However, many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, duo the authorities has disclose that DNA test will be conducted and has assure the resident that they will conduct an investigate the cause of the fire.

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President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the incident and sympathy with the families of those killed in the fire.

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal visited the scene and announced the formation of a committee to investigate the fire, which will submit its report within seven days.

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