Hurricane Fiona killed at least 16 people in Puerto Rico by the end of Saturday, officials said.
The island is still being dug up from the massive storm that crashed ashore on September 18 and deprived thousands of people of electricity and running water. The d*ath toll may increase as emergency personnel gain access to the worst-hit areas.
The Puerto Rican government said one of the 16 d*aths was classified as “direct” effect of the storm, three were labeled “indirect” and the remaining 12 were under investigation, according to Miami Herald.
Previously, Puerto Rican authorities had confirmed only two d*aths in the storm.
Fiona also killed at least two people in the Dominican Republic and one person in Guadeloupe. The storm landed in eastern Canada on Saturday morning. No d*aths have been reported in Canada so far.
Fiona hit Puerto Rico five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. In Puerto Rico alone, Maria killed nearly 3,000 people.
President Biden said the federal government will pay all the cost of efforts to rebuild Fiona.
“To the Puerto Rican people who are still suffering from Hurricane Maria five years later, they should know we are with you,” Biden said on Thursday. “We are not leaving. I mean it.
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