Monday, September 6, 2021

US: Hurricane Ida death toll rises as recovery efforts continue | Al Jazeera

The death toll from Hurricane Ida has risen to at least 50 people in the northeastern United States, while authorities in the southern state of Louisiana where the powerful storm first made landfall worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people.

Seventeen deaths were confirmed in New York state, four in Westchester County and the remainder were in New York City, a spokesperson for Governor Kathy Hochul said on Sunday.

Nearly all the victims in New York City, which was hard-hit when the remains of Ida brought flash flooding and heavy rains to the area last week, were trapped in illegal basement apartments that are among the last remaining affordable options for low-income residents.

The storm’s record-breaking rainfall sent walls of water cascading through businesses, public transportation systems and 1,200 homes, causing more than $50m in damages, Hochul said.

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