Puerto Rico hurricane death toll now 43: government official
Soldiers of Puerto Rico's national guard distribute relief items to people, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The death toll in Puerto Rico attributable to Hurricane Maria has now reached 43, a government official said on Tuesday.

Ramon Rosario, secretary of public affairs and public policy, also told reporters that the island now has 16 percent of electricity service restored, up from 15 percent on Monday.

Maria was the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years.

(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein, writing by Megan Davies, editing by W Simon)