A new assessment conducted by researchers from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has prompted the US government to raise the official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975.
The report was conducted in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health and commissioned by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello.
The team also identified flaws in the system that may have led to an under-reporting of deaths previously, including lack of communication, and poor training for doctors on how to certify deaths in disasters.
With the overwhelming amount of donations received, organizers say they'll use the funds to help more cats around the observatory and look into adopting them out to families on the mainland. San Juan's mayor, Carmen Cruz, called the new report "painful and shameful", and told CBS News' David Begnaud the governor should take more responsibility.
More than a thousand Puerto Rican families who fled Hurricane Maria will get two more weeks of USA -funded housing in hotels and motels across the country but will then need to fend for themselves, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
He also awarded himself a "10 out of 10" on disaster recovery efforts during an Oval Office meeting previous year with Puerto Rico's governor. Until the recent update, Puerto Rico's government had said only 64 people died as a result of the storm.
Trump also mentioned that aid to Puerto Rico was made more hard due to it being an island and praised the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The government is asking the U.S. Congress for US$138 billion, but Trump's answer has been: "I only hope they don't get hit again".
The comments echoed what Trump has said in the past about the United States territory, as he infamously bragged just days after the storm that only "16 people [died] verses in the thousands", which he claimed was good compared to "a real catastrophe like Katrina".
The White House is responding to a new estimate that dramatically increases the Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico.
They also reported that physicians and others told them that Puerto Rico's government did not notify them about federal guidelines on how to document deaths related to a major disaster.
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said then.
Power has not yet been fully restored to Puerto Rico almost a year after the hurricane, and outages remain common.
The report is entitled, "Ascertainment of the Estimated Excess Mortality from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico". With some of the island still without power, Puerto Rico now faces into a hurricane season this year.