Emergency declared in New York over heavy rainfall and flooding

NEW YORK: A state of emergency has been declared in Newyork City after heavy rainfall and flash flooding due to Ida Storm. Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a historic event with brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on the roads.

Police have requested people to avoid going on roads, the fire department is overwhelmed with emergency calls from across the city. Many clips have surfaced on social media showing water entering subway stations, homes, and roads getting flooded.

New York’s Central Park received 8cm of rain in just one hour, said National Weather Service. Many flights and train services have been suspended and most of the city’s subway has been closed off.

New Jersey has also declared a state of emergency. A tornado destroyed close to 9 homes in Mullica Hill, A person drowned in Passaic, and the roof of the postal building fell with people inside in Kearny.

The aftereffects of storm Ida are very destructive, the storm hit Lousiana on Sunday as Category 4 hurricane, leaving homes without electricity. This year we have seen various unprecedented weather events, be it cold waves striking in hot Texas or heat waves in cold Canada. Global temperatures have risen by almost 1.2 degrees Celcius, it’s high time for us to take climate change seriously.

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