Death toll climbs to 45 across four US north-east states

Death toll climbs to 45 across four US north-east states
Cars and trucks are stranded by high water Thursday, Sept 2, 2021, on the Major Deegan Expressway in Bronx borough of New York as high water left behind by Hurricane Ida still stands on the highway hours later. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Death toll climbed to 45 across four US north-east states in the aftermath of storm Ida while US President Joe Biden says “historic investment” is needed to deal with the climate crisis.

The president said the US is facing climate-related destruction across the country and tackling the climate-related destruction is “a matter of life and death”, the president said.

New York City and New Jersey saw record levels of rainfall because of Ida.

Some residents in basement apartments and cars became trapped in flooded.

Six states have reported death:

  • Phil Murphy, the Governor of New Jersey, said his state’s death toll rises to at least 23 – most of them stuck in their vehicles as the waters rose
  • At least 14 people have died in New York City, including a two-year-old boy. Officials said, eleven of them drowned while trapped in their flooded basements.
  • Five people have lost their lives in the state of Pennsylvania, while a state trooper in Connecticut was swept away as he responded to a call
  • Deaths were also reported in Virginia and Maryland.

The impact of climate change on the frequency of storms is still not clear, but we know that increased sea surface temperatures warm the air above and make more energy available to drive typhoons, hurricanes, and cyclones. As a result, they are likely to be more destructive with more extreme rainfall.

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