In Puerto Rico cremated 911 without ascertaining the cause of death

In Puerto Rico cremated 911 without ascertaining the cause of death

On Friday evening the representative of the government of Puerto Rico said that after the landing of hurricane Maria 911 was cremated without a medical examination.

None of the victims was not viewed by the state medical examiner to determine whether it should be included in the official statistics the number of victims.

In Puerto Rico cremated 911 without ascertaining the cause of death

A spokeswoman for the Department of public safety , Caixia Ortiz Serrano said that all these people died of «natural causes» not associated with a destructive storm. According to her, the following conclusions were made by analyzing the records, not because of postmortem examination of the bodies.

At the moment authorities officially declare that the death toll from the hurricane is 51 people. Twenty of them were cremated.

«These reports are extremely disturbing – they give even more reason to worry about the accuracy of the information that we receive, – said the Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat from Massachusetts. – Administration trump should collaborate with Puerto Rico and to provide all necessary resources to ensure that the number of dead was counted accurately».

Ortiz said that if the doctor, physician or the district attorney, who stated the death had not filled out the paperwork to alert the Institute of forensic medicine of a person’s death because of the hurricane, the staff did not consider the deceased as a potential victim of the hurricane.

While Ortiz said that the government has no clear criteria of what should be considered a death related to the storm, and what should not.

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