The official seal of The Bronx.

“As more data is being compiled, we are getting a clearer picture of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria. With each passing day, we are becoming more aware of the fact that the original estimates of the storm’s devastation were so grossly underestimated, worse than we could have imagined, that they were essentially useless.

“That the Trump Administration ever dared to claim that only 64 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria insults the intelligence of any rational person. And the truly sad part is that the figures presented by George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health may still be underestimating how many died as a result of this natural disaster.

“It is unconscionable how President Trump and his administration responded to Hurricane Maria. This is President Trump’s Katrina. The administration’s failure throughout the ongoing recovery of Puerto Rico, how they have treated the American citizens of Puerto Rico compared to those in Texas or Florida, is a stain on this nation,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.