The UN estimates that costs could raise the Katrina storm, hitherto considered the most expensive. There are still significant electricity and connectivity problems in storm-affected areas, and necessities are not enough for everyone.
The United States the eastern storm that ravaged the southern states could become the most costly disaster ever, the UN said on Wednesday. However, it said good preparation would significantly prevent loss of life.
Ida landed in the area exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc there.
“It is possible that the economic costs (caused by the East) will be higher than those caused by Katrina,” said the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Petteri Taalas to journalists in Geneva.
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According to him, the high price is explained, among other things, by the damage Ida caused to the distribution of electricity in Louisiana. In some areas, electric poles are said to have collapsed into mere piles of metal.
Katrinaa considered by far the storm that has caused the most economic costs. It is estimated to have caused damage of $ 164 billion, or more than 138 billion euros.
Taalas estimates that it will take at least another month to estimate all of Ida’s costs.
“Katrina didn’t bring water. This was much more, a storm that hit us once in a hundred years, hitting us in the worst possible way, ”Louisiana legislator Timothy Kerner told Reuters.
According to the UN, the number of fatalities was reduced especially by the fact that billions of floodplains and dams had been built in the area after Katrina. The number of victims rose to six on Wednesday as the deaths of two workers who repaired the electricity grid were confirmed.
Over one million homes and business premises were still without electricity on Wednesday in the wake of Hurricane Ida. It struck Louisiana and Mississippi as a very powerful four-category storm three days ago.
According to local media, the electricity was to be restored on Wednesday to hospitals, water utilities and sewage treatment plants. For ordinary consumers, it may take days or even weeks for electricity to recover.
The situation is further exacerbated by the hot weather: parts of Louisiana and Mississippi have been given a gentle warning when temperatures rise to 35 degrees Celsius.
Louisiana People evacuated from Terrebonne County were barred from returning to their homes due to lack of electricity, poor water supply, and damaged emergency accommodations.
In addition to electricity, the authorities have difficulty accessing food, water and other necessities for all those in need.
In addition, there are no functioning hospitals in the area due to evacuations, and telephone connections have been weak in some places. People have had to drive for hours to get a phone call and find an open store.
Storm the death toll is expected to increase further as clearing and rescue efforts progress, especially in coastal areas.
Weakened to tropical low pressure, Ida may continue to be a threat as she continues her journey to the United States. According to the country’s National Weather Service, at its worst, it could cause up to 203 millimeters of rain in the northeastern part of the country, including the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Heavy rains could, according to the weather service, cause “potentially life-threatening floods”.