On May 29, independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. It uncovered a sobering figure of
4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never know the
exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.