Debris left over from Hurricane Maria as well as furniture, appliances and washed out vehicles, litter a street in Toa Baja Puerto Rico, on October 12, 2017.

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Demonstrators Rally Outside United Nations, Demand Justice For Puerto Rico

June 02, 2018 - 3:09 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Faith leaders and activists demanded justice for Puerto Rico outside of the UN building in New York City on Saturday.

They claim as many as 5,000 people lost their lives as Hurricane Maria devestated the island.

Puerto Rico's Institute of Statistices is suing the island's health department to obtain data on the number of deaths as a growing number of critics accuse the government of underreporting the numbers.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, the same day that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CNN there would be 'hell to pay' if officials didn't release mortality data.