Hurricane Ida Claims Second Fatality In Louisiana

A man who has drowned while traveling in his vehicle through a flooded road in New Orleans (USA) is the second fatality of the powerful Hurricane Ida, which made landfall last Sunday in southern Louisiana. The state Department of Health said Monday that the man, whom it did not identify, died near the I-10 freeway and West End Boulevard.

The agency announced on Sunday the death of another 60-year-old man after a tree fell into his home in Ascencion County, in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, the capital of Louisiana.

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Both the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, said this Monday that more fatalities are expected due to the cyclone as search and rescue efforts progress, especially in areas that have remained isolated due to flooding.

Hurricane Ida, which has already degraded to a tropical depression, has left flooding, blackouts, completely isolated areas, destruction of infrastructure and road blockades. The worst affected area has been southeastern Louisiana, a state in which at least 1.1 million citizens remain without electricity, including the entire city of New Orleans.

The lack of service, which in some areas is expected to take days and even weeks to restore, worries local authorities due to the heat and saturation of hospitals due to the covid-19 pandemic.

President Biden said Monday that Ida, considered one of the most powerful hurricanes to make landfall in the country, has caused “massive damage” during a virtual meeting with the governors and mayors of the affected areas. The president has announced that some 5,000 members of the National Guard traveled to the affected area.

Governor Edwards has assured that the “catastrophic” impact of the cyclone will mean a long-term recovery.

The first images of the week showed a terrible panorama with people in boats crossing flooded streets, trees uprooted, power lines downed, destruction in homes, offices and hospitals, highway closures due to debris and landslides on embankments. The Red Cross established some 60 shelters, which have already housed some 2,500 people.

The cyclone, however, was a challenge for the new retaining walls in the vicinity of the city, which were able to stop the water from Lake Pontchartrain and prevent it from recurring. katrina nightmare which caused more than 1,800 deaths in the region, especially due to flooding after the break of the levee in 2005.

Ida made landfall around noon Sunday at Port Fourchon, an oil port in the southern tip of Louisiana, and then made landfall again very close to there, at Galliano.

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