President Biden promised emergency assistance to the states affected by Hurricane Ida.
At least 46 people were killed due to flash flooding caused by torrential rains brought by Hurricane Ida to the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Authorities in New York City and Westchester County report that 16 people were killed when floodwaters penetrated cars or apartments on the ground floors.
According to Governor Phil Murphy, at least 23 people were killed in New Jersey.
At least five deaths were recorded in Pennsylvania and one each in Connecticut and Maryland.
Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast on Sunday. In Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, at least 9 deaths were recorded due to flooding and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Murphy, speaking at a press conference, confirmed the information about 23 dead in his state. According to him, most of the dead are people who were caught in cars by the flood.
“Please pray for them and their families, and let’s hope that this number does not increase,” Murphy urged. – Please don’t go on the roads. The danger is not over yet.”
Many streets of New York are flooded, cars and even buses are submerged under the water. Most of the city’s metro system is stopped due to flooding.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul spoke to reporters after a trip around the city and reported that eight centimeters of rain fell in New York’s Central Park in an hour, which broke the record set just a week earlier.
“We didn’t know that between 20:50 and 21:50 last night, the heavens would literally open up and bring the whole Niagara Falls to the streets of New York,” she said.
U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House on Thursday, promised to provide emergency assistance to the governors of New Jersey, New York, and other states in the region and also expressed condolences to the families of the victims.
He also said that he would travel to Louisiana on Friday to meet with Governor John Bel Edwards and discuss recovery efforts.
The President assured that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies would work around the clock until the needs of the region are fully met.
“We are together,” Biden said. – The whole country is ready to help.”