Sep 07, 2021 10:32 UTC
  • US death toll from Hurricane Ida hits 68, many still missing

The death toll from Hurricane Ida in the United States has risen to 68, with some victims still missing in the floodwater.

600,000 Louisiana residents also remain without electricity for a week now and it could be weeks before the power supply is fully restored, US media reports said.

The category 4 storm pounded the southeast of the US on 29 August with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kph), taking the lives of at least 13 people in Louisiana.

The storm also killed 27 and 17 residents in New Jersey and New York as it moved to the northeast, unleashing flash flooding on the east coast and bringing the state of emergency to the states.

The hurricane affected Pennsylvania with four residents dead, and Maryland and Connecticut with at least one confirmed death each, according to the numbers updated.

Hurricane Ida has paralyzed US oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico and led to a massive oil spill in the Gulf 100 miles south of New Orleans.

A week after the Ida hit, southern states were still grappling with widespread power outages and new flash flood threats from slow-moving rain and drenching thunderstorms.

Supplies aren't the only thing for residents to worry about. There is more bad weather on the horizon. "Even if it's a tropical storm, we're in no state to receive that much rainfall at this time," said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at a press conference.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said his state needs upgraded infrastructure and is counting on federal aid.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said Ida caused more than $50 million in damage in that state. Record-breaking rainfall of 3.1 inches (7.8 cm) per hour was recorded in New York City's Central Park. Torrents cascaded through businesses, public transportation systems and 1,200 homes, media reports said.