"Biden To Visit NY, NJ To View Hurricane Ida's Destruction"

"President Joe Biden will visit New York and New Jersey on Tuesday to view the destruction wrought by last week's Hurricane Ida, which has left at least 57 dead and four missing in the eastern United States.

Biden will travel to New York City's Queens borough and Manville, New Jersey, the White House said on Monday. He has approved disaster declarations for Louisiana, where Ida hit on Aug. 29 with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kph), and for New York and New Jersey, which were deluged with rain and intense flooding that killed dozens in the Northeast.

Biden's disaster declarations qualify the states for federal assistance for repairs and rebuilding. The Democratic president, facing multiple crises including a chaotic pullout from Afghanistan and a surge in deaths from COVID-19, visited Louisiana on Friday, where the confirmed death toll is 13.

New York has confirmed 17 deaths from Ida, with four in suburban Westchester County and the rest in New York City. In New Jersey, there were at least 27 confirmed storm deaths and four people missing, a governor's spokesperson said."

Barbara Goldberg and Tim Reid report for Reuters September 6, 2021.


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Source: Reuters, 09/07/2021