On Thursday, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut officials acknowledged that at least forty-six people lost their lives amid severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall driven by leftovers of Hurricane Ida. In addition, the ferocious storm left over one million residences and businesses without power. Nevertheless, “States of Emergencies” hold good across the region as authorities pursued to tackle the damage.
While addressing from the White House, Joe Biden, the U.S. President, said that damage showed that fierce storms and the climate crisis are there, making up what he called one of the significant challenges of their time.
On Thursday, at a press conference in Queens, New York Gov. Kathy C. Hochul said she took a call from Joe Biden, in which Biden ‘offered any assistance’ as the State analyzed the damage for Hurricane Ida.
President Biden authorized an emergency announcement later on Thursday for New Jersey and New York, permitting for the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to coordinate catastrophic alleviation. However, Hochul said that they need to anticipate in advance and be ready.
FEMA Sent Tonnes of Supplies
New York City and Westchester County officials say almost sixteen people died. According to Gov. Phil Murphy, as many as twenty-three died in New Jersey. Officials stated that five people lost their lives in Pennsylvania and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
Around 150000 houses and businesses in Mississippi and Louisiana remained without electricity after Hurricane Ida tumbled a major power transmission tower and stunned thousands of kilometers and several substations. Moreover, New Orleans was pushed to darkness. However, the power started returning to the city on Wednesday.
On Thursday, President Biden vowed to assist those people who get affected by the ferocious storm. He added he would make a tour of Louisiana on Friday to review some of the damage. Biden said that his message to Gulf Coast people is that they’re there to help affected people, and they’re making sure the recovery and response are fair so the most affected could get the resources they require.
Furthermore, FEMA had delivered supplies, including tarps, generators, and other needed materials, to the area before the ferocious storm, and response crews are working around the clock on search-and-rescue (SAR).