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Hurricane Maria: One Family's Loss, One Year Later07:02
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An abandoned house in Barrio-Bravos De Boston in Cantera, San Juan, left by the owners due to the prolonged wait to restore electricity in the area after Hurricane Maria. The house was then possessed by drug users for a time before local residents drove them out and now has plans to clean it up. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An abandoned house in Barrio-Bravos De Boston in Cantera, San Juan, left by the owners due to the prolonged wait to restore electricity in the area after Hurricane Maria. The house was then possessed by drug users for a time before local residents drove them out and now has plans to clean it up. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, destroying homes and businesses and knocking out power on the island for months.

According to researchers at George Washington University, Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people. Many of them died in the weeks and months following the storm.

The Puerto Rican government has accepted the researchers' figure as its official count. It's 46 times larger than the last official tally.

Among those killed was 78-year-old Ivan Ramos. He was a lawyer, father and grandfather who lived in San Juan.

He survived the early days of the storm, but had a chronic condition that left him unable to fight infection, according to his daughter, Tere Ramos.

He died on Oct. 30, 2017 as one of Maria's many victims.

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Tere Ramos, education, social security disability and civil rights lawyer at Ramos Law. Her father died in Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

This article was originally published on September 24, 2018.

This segment aired on September 24, 2018.

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