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Maria's Puerto Rico death toll rises to 34

Hurricane Maria death toll rises to 34, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says

An electrical crew attempts to repair power lines that were knocked over Hurricane Maria passed through on Sept. 27 in Corozal.
An electrical crew attempts to repair power lines that were knocked over Hurricane Maria passed through on Sept. 27 in Corozal. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The governor of Puerto Rico says the official death toll from Hurricane Maria has been increased to 34 from 16.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello also says he believes the hurricane caused $90 billion in damage across the island.

The governor made the announcement at a news conference following U.S. President Donald Trump's short visit to the U.S. territory to assess the storm's impact.

During his stop, Trump congratulated Puerto Ricans for avoiding a high death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina." As many as 1,800 people died in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina breached levees protecting New Orleans.