The number of victims of Hurricane Ida in the northeastern United States by Sunday was at least 50 people. At the same time, many do not lose hope of finding people who went missing during the flood.
Governor Kathy Hochul said that recording rainfall (7.5 centimeters per hour) recorded in New York’s Central Park flooded businesses, public transport systems, and 1,200 homes. According to her, the damage caused amounted to more than $ 50 million.
“One woman, who is 89 years old, cried in my arms. She has nothing left after she has lived in this house for more than 40 years,” Hochul said.
There have been 17 deaths in New York State. Almost all of the victims were trapped in illegal basement apartments, which are one of the last remaining affordable housing options for low-income residents of the district, a governor representative said.
In New Jersey, the storm led to the death of 27 people; four more people are missing, a spokesman for Governor Phil Murphy said.
Deaths have also occurred in other states of the northeastern United States: at least one person was killed in Connecticut, at least four in Pennsylvania, and at least one person was killed in Maryland.
The governor of Louisiana on Saturday said that 12 people were killed as a result of the storm in the state.
Hundreds of thousands of residents of Louisiana remain without electricity.
Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the victims of Hurricane Ida in a traditional Sunday blessing from St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“May the Lord receive the souls of the dead and grant strength to those who have suffered from this disaster,” the pontiff said.