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United States: Hurricane Ida caused “catastrophic” damage in Louisiana – franceinfo


At least two people were killed in the inclement weather.

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Electricity cut, streets flooded, roofs torn off … The inhabitants of Louisiana measured, Monday, August 30, the extent of the damage caused by the passage of Hurricane Ida. More than a million homes remained without electricity as of Monday evening, according to the specialized site PowerOutage.

Carrying winds of 240 km / h, Ida hit the Louisiana coast directly on Sunday. “The damage is really catastrophic”, lamented its governor John Bel Edwards to the NBC channel (article in English). At least two people were killed, the first by a fall from a tree in the market town of Prairieville and the second while trying to cross a flooded road in New Orleans.

Supported by the National Guard, the US emergency management agency (Fema) has dispatched more than 5,200 people to help the victims, the Pentagon has assured.

Federal assistance will continue “as long as it takes”, stressed President Joe Biden during a meeting with Fema officials as well as the governors and mayors of the affected municipalities. Insurance companies, for their part, estimate that Hurricane Ida caused $ 15 to 20 million (nearly 17 million euros) in damage, according to preliminary estimates.

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Ida is now heading over the Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the United States, threatened with flooding.



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