State of emergency declared in New York and New Jersey
In view of the situation created by the flood, the governors of New York and New Jersey have declared a state of emergency. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a “historic weather event.” New York’s Central Park received at least 3 inches (8 cm) of rain in just one hour. For this reason all subway lines in New York have been closed. Lakhs of people are stranded here and there due to stoppage of trains and flooding of roads. Not only this, due to bad weather, air and rail connectivity of these two cities with other parts of America has also been stopped. The report said that many flights and trains out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended. After seeing the weather, a decision will be taken again on the transport system.
So far nine people have died, the figure is likely to increase
Hector Lora, the mayor of Passack City, New Jersey, told CNN that we found the body of a 70-year-old man from a car that was washed away in a flood. NBC New York reports that at least one more person has died in New Jersey. NBC and AFP reported that seven people were killed in New York City, some trapped in the basement of their apartments. A two-year-old child is also among the dead in New York City. Footage circulating on social media showed water flooding metro stations, roads and people’s homes. Local people also told that suddenly water started coming out of the taps in their houses at night. The water came so fast outside the house that we could not believe the incident.
US Meteorological Department declares flood emergency
The US National Weather Service has declared a flood emergency in parts of New York City, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. They have also issued tornado warnings for parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Weather Service reported that contrary to warnings, a flood emergency is issued in extremely rare circumstances. We issue such warnings to avoid the grave danger and catastrophic damage to human life caused by floods. In such a situation, people have been advised to stay in their homes. Electricity and pipeline supply is also being affected due to waterlogging on the roads.
Ida reminisces about Hurricane Katrina of 2005
Hurricane Ida hit US soil on the exact same date that Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago. Sixteen years ago, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts. Category 3 Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 people and caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans that took years to recover. Ida on Sunday intensified into a severe Category Four storm, hitting the coast and 16 hours later, it again intensified into a tropical cyclone.
Hurricane devastation in New Orleans
Various services were affected, including power outages in New Orleans due to the storm. On social media, people asked relief workers to save them from trouble. For this they also gave the addresses of their homes. The officials responded by promising to launch a massive relief operation as soon as the sunrise and weather cleared, and a rescue operation was carried out later. The storm moved toward Mississippi on Monday and weakened again into a tropical storm. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said relief operations would not work immediately due to unfavorable conditions and that it would take several weeks for his state to recover from the effects of the storm.