louisiana – The death toll from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana rose to 26 on Wednesday after health officials reported 11 new deaths in the city of New Orleans, mostly elderly people who lost their lives to the heat.
The announcement was sad news amid signs that the city was returning to normalcy after power was almost completely restored and the night curfew was lifted.
Although New Orleans was recovering from the storm, hundreds of thousands of people outside the city were still without electricity, and some of the worst-affected areas still lacked clean water. In southeastern Louisiana, about 250,000 students have been unable to return to classes when Ida hit the region with 150-mph winds.
The Louisiana Department of Health said in a statement that the latest deaths attributed to Ida were recorded between August 30 and Monday, but were confirmed to be related to the storm by the Orleans District Medical Examiner. Nine of the people aged 64 to 79 in New Orleans died from “extreme heat during a prolonged blackout,” while the other two deaths were linked to carbon monoxide poisoning.State agency added.
In the city of New Orleans, when Ida made landfall on August 29, more than a million customers were without electricity. The state’s largest power company, Entergi, said it expected to restore 90% of the city’s electricity supply by Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Police Department and the Mayor Latoya Cantrell He lifted the curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, which he had imposed two days after the storm.