NEW YORK: At least nine people have been killed in the ‘historic’ flooding in New York and New Jersey on Thursday.
The flash flood, caused by torrential rains of Hurricane Ida, has forced the flights to remain grounded, swept away cars, submerged subway lines and streets.
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.
Sindh’s Tharparkar, Islamkot and Nagarparkar had witnessed heavy rainfall. The met department had forecasted that the rainfall will happen in most parts of Sindh and Balochistan for the next three days.