Public transportation systems flooded in New York, hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity in Louisiana
The number of victims of Hurricane Ida in the northeastern United States on Sunday amounted to at least 50 people. At the same time, many have not given up hope of finding people missing during the flooding.
Record rainfall (7.5 centimeters per hour) recorded in New York’s Central Park flooded businesses, public transportation systems and 1,200 homes, said New York Governor Kathy Hocul. The damage caused was more than $50 million, she said.
“One woman, who is 89 years old, cried in my arms. She had nothing left after living in that house for more than 40 years,” Hocul said.
Seventeen deaths have been reported in New York State. Nearly all of the victims were trapped in illegal basement apartments, which are one of the last remaining affordable housing options for low-income area residents, a spokesman for the governor said.
In New Jersey, the storm left 27 people dead and four others missing, a spokesman for Governor Phil Murphy said.
There were fatalities in other states in the northeastern United States as well, with at least one death in Connecticut, at least four in Pennsylvania, and at least one death in Maryland.
The governor of Louisiana said Saturday that 12 people were killed in the state as a result of the storm.
Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents remain without power.
Pope Francis offered his condolences to the victims of Hurricane Ida in the traditional Sunday blessing from St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“May God receive the souls of the dead and grant strength to those affected by this disaster,” the pontiff said.