Hurricane Ida Kills 50 People in Northeast US – 1NEWS

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1NEWS, DUNIA.

The death toll from Hurricane Ida in the Northeastern United States (US) rose on Sunday to at least 50. Catholic leader Pope Francis called on those affected by the disaster to be strong in the face of the disaster.
Ida’s record-breaking 3.1 inches of rain per hour, recorded in New York City’s Central Park on September 1, caused walls of water to hit businesses, public transportation systems and 1,200 homes, causing more than $50 million in damage. billion, said Governor Kathy Hochul.

“The number of human casualties is enormous,” Hochul said, describing a trip to East Elmhurst in the Queens city area to assess the damage.

“An 89-year-old woman cried in my arms. She had nothing left after living in that house for more than 40 years,” Hochul said.

The governor of New York had previously obtained a declaration of emergency from President Joe Biden. New York’s governor on Sunday signed a document asking for related federal money to cover the cost of temporary housing as well as rebuilding homes, perhaps in locations that are less prone to flooding.

New York recorded 17 deaths, four in Westchester County and the rest in New York City, with nearly all of the victims trapped in illegal underground apartments that are one of the last affordable options for low-income residents in the area, a spokesman for the governor said.

In New Jersey, there have been 27 deaths from the hurricane and four people are still missing, said Governor Phil Murphy’s spokesman. Among the missing were two college students who were last seen in Passaic, New Jersey, on Wednesday when the Ida floodwaters swept them away.

A student mass was held on Sunday at Seton Hall University in South Orange to pray for Nidhi Rana. Nidhi Rana, a first-year student from Passaic was last seen with her friend Ayush Rana, a student at Montclair State University, when water flooded her car.

“Join me in keeping Nidhi and Ayush in your prayers for their safe return,” said Seton Hall President Joseph Nyre in a letter to students.

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