Due to storm Ida, at least 44 people have been wiped out in the United States. The storm badly hit the north-eastern states of the country.
According to media reports, ‘historic’ rainfall prompted an unprecedented flash flood in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New York City and Mississippi.
Most of the New York’s subway system has been suspended after water flooded into stations, while people have been trapped in basement. A large number of vehicles swept away and lacs of people faced power outages due to storm.
For the first time, the US National Weather Service has issued flood emergency in New York. The authorities are trying to rehabilitate the transportation system. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was a historic weather event.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul asked people not to leave home and give the authorities some time to restore the train service.
According to NBC New York, one more person had died in New Jersey and seven had died in New York City, including a 2-year-old boy. Local American media reported that many people were stuck in their basements due to water surging through the metropolis.
New Jersey and New York’s governors have declared a state of emergency viewing the deteriorating situation of the ‘historic’ flooding.
PowerOutage.US, which gathers data from companies, claimed that over 0.2 million houses were deprived of electricity in five states which received most of the rains. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts were the states which experienced power outages.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department had on September 1 predicted that rains would take place in Karachi for three days starting from Wednesday.
On September 1, rains had happened in different parts of the country including Sindh and Balochistan. Several areas of Karachi had also received light rain. During the day, temperature remained dry and hot in the megalopolis.