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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

No, President Trump is not correct that the official death toll has been exaggerated. While he's right that 3,000 people did not die in Hurricane Maria, there is evidence that nearly 3,000 people ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

Other answers have discussed the statistical methodology of studies used to estimate the death tolls, but let me approach this from a different perspective: Do we have reliable on-the-ground reporting ...
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Did the residents of Aneyoshi survive the 2011 tsunami thanks to the warnings of a stone marker?

It's kind of right. According to other sources the Aneyoshi monument is not a common "tsunami hazard" sign. Instead, it prohibits building homes below the marked point, and, apparently, ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

There are a number of different institutions which try to quantify death tolls and other damages after natural disasters. The definitions and methodology differ between estimates, and numbers vary ...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

The Washington Post seems to disagree; they don't repeat the 1/3 claim and post this map instead, where blue area is clearly less than 1/3 of Pakistan. Note the 100 miles scale. OTOH Nature in its ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

Just corroborating what was pointed out by @redleo85 and @Giter above by including a particularly poignant plot using the data from the NEJM paper to illustrate what "excess mortality" looks like ...
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Was the disaster relief bill for Hurricane Sandy "two thirds pork spending"?

No. WP fact checked this and scored it 3 pinocchios WP did reach out to Cruz's staff for clarification on what does the senator consider "pork". Here is what they were told and their analysis on it: ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

What does Trump claim? He is confronted with research using mortality data and a household survey showing that several thousand people died in the months after the hurricanes hit; absent other causes ...
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Have the predictions of Tatsuki Ryo come true?

The complete lack of specifics in these "predictions" are masked by the giving of dates. Let's take one example.. "There will be a huge catastrophe in March 2011" Well, yes. Now ...
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Is the "walrus scene" a result of climate change?

The hypotheses you mention are not mutually exclusive. It's generally accepted that Walruses are sensitive disturbances like planes flying nearby etc., which have resulted in specific recommendations ...
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Should you get out of your car in a tornado?

An F2 tornado can flip and tumble lighter cars, which might be less comfortable than lying flat in a ditch where the wind can't get under you. Certainly in this case: Better options than ditches, ...
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Have the predictions of Tatsuki Ryo come true?

I purchased Tatsuki Ryo's manga and read it. This part of the question originates in a hoax: "around 2020, an unknown virus will appear, reaching its peak in April; it will then vanish" ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

The NOAA has categorized data online for deaths due to flooding going back to 1996. The total number per year fluctuates quite significantly, but if we add the data from all years together we get 2123 ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

For other hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses the definition "deaths as a direct result of the event" - e.g. the deaths caused by drowning, etc. occurring ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

It seems the answer to this question has turned toward an argument about whether it is a new standard to include indirect deaths when discussing deaths caused by a hurricane. Some comments have said ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

An author of the report finding "2,975" has provided some additional information and commentary in the Washington Post. In September 2017, when Puerto Rico recorded a total of 2,906 deaths, ...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

There are satellite images from 4th August and 28th August on Live Science website. 'Monsoon on steroids' has flooded vast swaths of Pakistan, disturbing satellite images show New satellite images ...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

From a recent episode of BBC Radio program "More or Less" https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0czg85z They traced the original statement back to the Pakistan Minister saying the proportion of ...
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