Climate Crisis: Hurricane Ida Rages In U.S.
Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in the US State of Louisiana on August 29, has left a trail of destruction in its wake. As the storm slowed down with further inland movement, the losses of lives, property, and businesses once again indicated the severity of the climate crisis. The World Metrological Organization in its 2021 report on mortality and damages from extreme weather events stated that the number of such disasters and the subsequent costs to communities and economies is at its highest point since the 1970s. Flash floods in Tennessee on August 21, 2021, killed 22 people. The Atlantic hurricane cycle in 2020 cost $51 billion in damages and killed upwards of 400 people.
About 1 million people in Louisiana were reported to have lost power due to the storm. Power company Entergy says that 3,22,000 people in Louisiana are without power, and 55,000 in Mississippi. However, most consumers in these states have had their power restored. On Monday, a section of Highway 26 in Lucedale, Mississippi collapsed which killed 2 commuters and injured 10.