For months after the storm, Puerto Rico's Government reported the number of lives lost at 64, now they're saying it is far worse than first reported - 2,975 lives lost. Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Democrat mayor of San Juan, got into a verbal spat with President Trump over his response to the crisis, which she said deserved "a 10 out of a scale of 100".
Hundreds of Puerto Ricans who have been living in motels and hotels on the mainland as part of FEMA's temporary housing aid after Hurricane Maria have to check out on September 14, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. "The governor is an excellent guy and he's really happy with the job we've done", Trump told reporters. To get a more accurate and rigorous assessment, the Governor of Puerto Rico commissioned an independent study from GW Milken Institute SPH.
A study ordered by the governor of the USA territory recommended the revised toll for deaths that could be directly or indirectly attributed to Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, in a period from September 2017 to mid-February this year.
President Donald Trump tours a neighborhood damaged in Hurricane Maria Oct. 3, 2017, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
That figure was always risible - particularly when you consider that the 150 miles per hour (241 km/h) winds caused around $90bn worth of damage and left households for, on average, 84 days without electricity; 64 days without water and 41 days without cellular telephone coverage.
Maria's loss of life toll surpasses that of every Storm Katrina in 2005, which is to blame for 1,833 deaths, and the 1928 Okeechobee storm in Florida, which killed 2,500 of us.The Sizable Galveston Storm of 1900 stays the deadliest recorded storm in USA historical previous.
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 4 storm.
She is one of many critics who say the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria paled in comparison to the aid they sent to Texas and Florida in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
All municipalities in Puerto Rico were hit hard by the hurricane and the aftermath, however, certain groups faced the biggest risk.
"We've put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto Rico and I think most of the people in Puerto Rico appreciate what we are doing", Trump said.
During a visit in October, Mr Trump had suggested officials should be "proud" the death toll - at the time only 16 - was not as high as "a real catastrophe" like Katrina. To reduce such errors, the team recommends that physicians and other relevant health care providers in Puerto Rico - and on the mainland - receive explicit training so that they can more accurately certify deaths under disaster conditions.
The president's comments, plus images of Trump throwing paper towels at hurricane survivors, outraged Puerto Ricans.
When asked why his government was unable to recognise a higher death toll until now, he replied: "I am not ideal".
Lawyers for a group of Puerto Ricans pursuing the lawsuit argued that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to terminate aid violated their due process rights.