Flash floods in New York kill 44
Flash flooding has been caused by the fragments of Hurricane Ida that have killed at least 44 people in the New York area.
Including several who shivered in basements during the weather officials attributed to climate change.
The record rainfall in the city has impelled an unequaled flash flood emergency warning for New York City.
The flooding has caused streets and subway services to shut down as water flowed down platforms onto pathways.
“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen that much rain ever,” said Metodija Mihajlov whose basement of his Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water.
“It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Unbelievable. Everything is so strange this year,” he told Private newsagency.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at LaGuardia and JFK airports.
A video at Newark showed a terminal flooded by rainwater.
“We’re all in this together. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a trip Friday to the southern state of Louisiana.
Flooding has closed major roads across New Jersey and New York boroughs including Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens, plunging cars and compelling the fire section to release hundreds of people.
In New Jersey 23 people have died, Governor Phil Murphy told reporters.
“The majority of these deaths were individuals who got caught in their vehicles,” he said.
Whereas thirteen people have died in New York City, including 11 who could not escape their basements, police said.
“Among the people MOST at risk during flash floods here are those living in off-the-books basement dwellings that don’t meet the safety codes necessary to save lives,” lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“These are working-class, immigrant, and low-income people & families,” she added.
According to a local official, three died in the New York district of Westchester, while another four died in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.
Ida raged a track of devastation the north after banging into Louisiana over the weekend, bringing severe flooding and tornadoes.
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