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Hurricane Ida death toll in US Northeast rises to at least 50 victims

CM 05/09/2021


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Hurricane Ida‘s death toll in the U.S. Northeast rose on Sunday to at least 50 victims, with many holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters and Pope Francis urging those affected by the disaster to be strong.
Ida’s record-breaking rainfall of 3.1 inches per hour, recorded in New York City’s Central Park on Sept. 1, sent walls of water slamming through businesses, public transportation systems and 1,200 homes, causing more than $50 million in damages, Governor Kathy Hochul said.
“The human toll was tremendous,” said Hochul, recounting a trip to East Elmhurst in the city borough of Queens to assess the devastation.

“One woman wept in my arms, an 89-year-old woman. She had nothing left after living in that home for over 40 years,” Hochul said.
New York’s governor had previously secured an emergency disaster declaration from President Joe Biden and on Sunday signed paperwork to request related federal money to cover the costs of temporary housing as well as rebuilding homes, possibly in less flood-prone locations.

 Dartanian Stovall looks at the house that collapsed with him inside during the height of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 30, 2021. (credit: MICHAEL DEMOCKER/USA TODAY NETWORK VIA REUTERS/TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) Dartanian Stovall looks at the house that collapsed with him inside during the height of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., August 30, 2021. (credit: MICHAEL DEMOCKER/USA TODAY NETWORK VIA REUTERS/TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

New York had 17 confirmed deaths, four in Westchester County and the remainder in New York City, where nearly all the victims were trapped in illegal basement apartments that are among the last remaining affordable options for low-income residents in the area, the governor’s spokesperson said.
In New Jersey, there were 27 confirmed storm deaths and four people still missing, said a spokesperson for Governor Phil Murphy.
Among the missing were two college students last seen in Passaic, New Jersey, on Wednesday as Ida’s historic deluge was reported to have swept them away in the floodwaters of the raging Passaic River.
A student mass was called on Sunday at Seton Hall University in South Orange for Nidhi Rana, a first-year commuter student from Passaic who was last seen with her friend Ayush Rana, a Montclair State University student, as the water rushed around his car.
“Join me in keeping Nidhi and Ayush in your prayers for their safe return,” Seton Hall President Joseph Nyre said in a letter to students.
Neither the Passaic Police nor the Fire Department immediately responded to Reuters’ requests for more information.
Other Northeast states where storm deaths were reported included Connecticut with at least one dead, Pennsylvania with at least four dead and Maryland with at least one dead.
Louisiana‘s governor on Saturday increased the number of storm deaths in his Gulf Coast state to 12 people killed after Ida made landfall there on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 hurricane, downing trees, power lines and debris with wind gusts that reached 172 miles per hour (276 kph).
Hundreds of thousands of people in the state remained in the dark.
The Grand Classica, a cruise ship that will house 1,500 workers trying to restore power, departed from the Port of Palm Beach on Saturday and is due to arrive in New Orleans on Tuesday under a charter agreement with Entergy Corp., the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line said.
Pope Francis offered his condolences to Ida victims at his Sunday blessing in St. Peter’s Square.
“May the Lord welcome the souls of the dead and give strength to those who are suffering from this calamity,” the Pope said.

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