In the United States, at least 21 people have died as a result of the extreme winter weather that mainly affected the central and southern parts of the country. In the state of Texas, millions of households will be without electricity, some of which may continue for the next few days.
A winter storm has raged across the southeastern United States since Tuesday, bringing cooler temperatures than Alaska. In the state of Nebraska, the mercury dropped to 35 degrees below zero. In the usually hot Dallas, Texas, a temperature of -17 degrees was measured.
Due to the cold, many locations where vaccination against the coronavirus is being closed and deliveries of vaccines were also at risk. According to Texan governor Greg Abbott, the supply of natural gas is also in trouble because pipelines have frozen.
The extreme weather in the southeast of the US will last until Friday. About ten centimeters of winter rainfall is expected.
Criticism of authorities
Local authorities in Texas received a storm of criticism when the power grid collapsed in the weather, with power cuts across the state. In all of Texas, more than 4.4 million households were without electricity. Parts of Texas’s metropolis may be left without power in the bitter cold for days, district officials have said.
Weather conditions have claimed at least 21 lives in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Four people died on the road because of the cold. A homeless person froze to death and a mother and daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning when they tried to heat their home by turning on the engine of a car. Four people died in a burning house where the power was out.
US President Joe Biden has pledged help from the federal government to governors of the affected states. It will provide all the emergency resources needed, the White House said in a statement.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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