Texas Storm And Outages Killed Hundreds More People Than The State Says

"A BuzzFeed News analysis shows the catastrophic failure of Texas’s power grid in February killed hundreds of medically vulnerable people."

"The true number of people killed by the disastrous winter storm and power outages that devastated Texas in February is likely four or five times what the state has acknowledged so far. A BuzzFeed News data analysis reveals the hidden scale of a catastrophe that trapped millions of people in freezing darkness, cut off access to running water, and overwhelmed emergency services for days.

The state’s tally currently stands at 151 deaths. But by looking at how many more people died during and immediately after the storm than would have been expected — an established method that has been used to count the full toll of other disasters — we estimate that 700 people were killed by the storm during the week with the worst power outages. This astonishing toll exposes the full consequence of officials’ neglect in preventing the power grid’s collapse despite repeated warnings of its vulnerability to cold weather, as well as the state’s failure to reckon with the magnitude of the crisis that followed.

Many of the uncounted victims of the storm and power outages were already medically vulnerable — with chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney problems. But without the intense cold and stress they experienced during the crisis, many of these people could still be alive today."

Peter Aldhous, Stephanie M. Lee, and Zahra Hirji report for BuzzFeed News May 26, 2021.


"Beto O'Rourke And Texas Democrats Are Demanding An Investigation Into The True Death Count Of The Winter Storm" (BuzzFeed News)

"Texas Winter Storm Death Toll Could Be Much Higher Than The State’s Count, BuzzFeed Data Review Found" (Houston Public Media)

"Report: Death Toll from Texas Winter Storm Could Be Five Times Higher Than State Says" (Rolling Stone)

Source: BuzzFeed News, 05/31/2021