New Orleans (Reuters)-US President Joe Biden visited Louisiana on Friday (September 3) and witnessed the damage caused by Hurricane Ida. This huge storm destroyed the southern part of the state and caused One million people are homeless. strength.
Biden met with the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards (John Bel Edwards) and local officials to discuss the hurricane issue, which brought a severe test to the president after the US military withdrew from Afghanistan’s chaos.
The fifth largest hurricane that hit the United States on Sunday made landfall in southern Louisiana, causing more than 1 million customers to lose power and another 600,000 people without water, creating tragic conditions for the victims, who also endured suffocating heat and humidity .
Hurricane Ida struck the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and opened a northern path in the eastern United States, culminating with heavy rains and extensive flooding in New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas on Wednesday.
According to reports, at least 9 people have died in Louisiana and at least 46 people have died in the northeast.
In a meeting with officials, Biden said: “This storm is unbelievable, not only here, but across the east coast.”
“I know you have to be frustrated with the restoration of electricity,” he said, adding that the government is working “24/7” with the power company and supplying generators.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Friday that the state has confirmed two more deaths overnight, bringing the death toll to 25, and at least six others are missing, which means that the death toll may rise.
“We are not out of the predicament yet,” he told NBC News’ Today show, adding that his biggest concern after the wreckage was to fight the remaining high water levels and damage.
“We have to clean up… but it may be a long way.”
Biden went to LaPlace, a small community about 50 kilometers west of New Orleans, which was destroyed by floods, falling trees and other storm damage.
The White House said that before meeting with local leaders in Galliano, Louisiana, he plans to take an air tour of the hard-hit communities, including Lafitte, Grand Island, Port Fulchong, and the Diocese of La Forche.
Officials who flew over the storm and reported that the town was turned into piles of matchsticks and huge ships blown by the wind, shockingly.
Edwards said that he will provide Biden with a long list of requirements, including fuel transportation, because most of the refining capacity in the area has been suspended, and gas stations and emergency supply distribution centers have formed a mile-long line.
Under Biden’s instructions, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm authorized the exchange of 1.5 million barrels of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to ExxonMobil on Thursday to ease the fuel supply interruption after the hurricane.
After parts of the Mississippi River were shut down by several shipwrecks, several refineries were still unable to supply crude oil and products from the south via ships and barges.
When Louisiana tried to recover from the storm, the New York area was still dealing with severe flooding from Ida.
On Thursday, people in large areas of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut were dealing with water in their basements, power outages, roof damage, and help from relatives and friends trapped by the flooding.
Officials say at least 16 people have died in New York State, 13 of them in New York City. The deaths of people trapped in flooded basements highlight the increasing risk of extreme weather events.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC on Friday that it is necessary to implement travel bans and evacuation more frequently before the storm.
De Blasio said, “We must change the whole way of thinking” how to prepare for the storm. “We will need them to do things differently.”
The White House said that Biden approved the emergency declarations of New Jersey and New York and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts.