Three months after the passage of hurricane María and after nine stories published by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI), Gov. Ricardo Rosselló finally accepted that the process of accounting for the deaths caused by the disaster in Puerto Rico must be re-done and investigated “meticulously.”
The people in charge of this investigation will be the same ones who carried out the first defective accounting process: the Secretary of Public Safety, Héctor Pesquera, and the director of the Puerto Rico Demographic Registry, Wanda Llovet, according to Rosselló’s Press Secretary, Yeniffer Álvarez-Jaimes. Pesquera has defended the process and insisted that investigating the excess of deaths on the island after Maria’s landfall is not necessary. Llovet has spoken little publicly, and has not amended the accounting process that maintains the official death toll at 64, even though her preliminary numbers confirm that from Sept. 20 to Oct. 30 there were at least 985 deaths in excess on the island when compared with 2016.