Hurricane death toll jumps to 48 in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Authorities in Puerto Rico have raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 based on a review of medical records.

Secretary of Public Security Hector Pesquera says the medical examiner concluded the hurricane was the deciding factor in the newly disclosed deaths.

One occurred in the central town of Caguas when a person was unable to get dialysis treatment after the storm knocked out power.

Another happened in nearby Juncos when a person with undisclosed respiratory problems could not get treatment.

The third occurred in the northern city of Carolina when a person suffering a heart attack was also unable to get treatment.

Pesquera said Saturday that the toll could rise further.

Maria hit the U.S. island territory Sept. 20. Most of Puerto Rico remains without power.