Hurricane Maria death toll rises to 34, Puerto Rico's governor says

Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo) (Carlos Giusti/AP Photo)

The death toll from Hurricane Maria has climbed to 34, the governor of Puerto Rico said Tuesday.

The last estimate of the death toll was 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.

"Every death is a horror," Trump said, "but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous, hundreds of and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here ... nobody's ever seen anything like this."

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