It is still unclear how many victims Hurricane Ida has demanded in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Officially, the death toll is still on one, but Governor Edwards takes many more victims into account. He says the situation is “catastrophic.”
Ida landed last night in Louisiana as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever measured on the US mainland, with winds of around 230 kilometers per hour. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) classified Ida as a category 4 hurricane, the second toughest category.
New Orleans residents make damage one day after the hurricane:
Large areas have flooded and a dike broke in the place of Alliance. Rescue workers are trying to reach residents of affected houses with hundreds of boats. Helicopters have also been deployed.
Many buildings have been destroyed, including four hospitals. Roads have also been damaged, making the rescue work difficult.
Most of Louisiana are people without electricity because of masts turned over and water pipes have also snapped. Furthermore, many phone connections have fallen out, preventing people from calling the emergency number.
The overturned power towers cause life-threatening situations. Theres still power on the cables, allowing people to be electrocuted.
Biden promises help
A spokesperson for the main energy company says the extent of the damage will be mapped over the next few days. Only after that it becomes clear how long it takes for everyone in Louisiana to have electricity again.
Repairing the damage to buildings and infrastructure is going to take a long time anyway. Governor Edwards takes into account “possibly several months”.
President Biden said in a video call with Edwards and other directors that the federal government is coming to the rescue. “I want to stress that you will get all the help you need,” Biden said. He also believes that private electricity companies will be assisted so that the affected areas can be connected to the electricity network as soon as possible.