The Global Rundown
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine determines the Puerto Rico death toll from Hurricane Maria is likely 70 times higher than official figures. Monsoon rains arrive early in South Asia. China calls on local governments to evaluate environmental damages from small-scale hydropower plants on the Yangtze River. Flooding from subtropical storm Alberto kills four people in Cuba. Water temperatures in the Great Lakes spike dramatically amid record warmth.
“Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria.” –The conclusion of a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. After a survey of 3,299 households, researchers estimate that the storm-related death toll is closer to 4,600. The survey results suggest that 1 in 10 deaths was caused directly by the storm, while the remaining deaths were caused by after-effects such as poor access to medical care. Los Angeles Times
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By The Numbers
310mm (12.2 inches) Amount of rain that deluged parts of Karnataka, India, on Tuesday. South Asia’s summer monsoon season is now underway, arriving at least four days earlier than anticipated. Total rainfall during the season is expected to be normal, but forecasters warn that rains will likely be erratic and intense. Al Jazeera
4 Number of Cubans citizens killed by flooding in the wake of subtropical storm Alberto. The storm forced widespread evacuations and damaged roads and other infrastructure on the island. The deadly storm brought heavy rains and flooding to the United States as well. Reuters
Science, Studies, And Reports
Temperatures in the Great Lakes skyrocketed after a weekend of record-high regional temperatures. Between May 22 and May 28, each of the five lakes warmed substantially. Lake Erie witnessed the most dramatic change, with average surface temperatures rising 16 degrees. MLive
On The Radar
China has instructed local authorities to survey environmental damages and other impacts of the “uncontrolled” small-scale hydropower development that has boomed along the Yangtze River in recent years. The Chinese government warned that it may shut down some of the plants, including those that encroach on protected nature zones or violate approval rules. Reuters
Kayla Ritter is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied International Relations and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently based in Manton, Michigan. Kayla enjoys running, writing, and traveling. Contact Kayla Ritter