As wildfires blazed on the West Coast, Hurricane Ida tore through the eastern parts of the US, reaching category 4 status. Even as the category fell, Ida continued to cause tremendous damage.
Ida hit Louisiana over the weekend, causing power outages, destroying homes, and flooding the streets. The governor described it as “one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana.” There have been multiple deaths connected to the hurricane and officials expect the death toll to increase as search and rescue operations continue. People who evacuated have been told not to return.
Many people who stayed through the hurricane are still stuck in their homes without power, clean water, and even food. The aftermath of the storm is especially dangerous for the disabled and the elderly. One 72-year-old woman, stated, “I survived the hurricane. That is something you could survive. You can’t survive this.”
Hurricane Ida continued to cause floods and severe damage in other states. 14 people died across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, after getting stuck in flooded basements. Water gushed into subways, leaked through roofs, and flooded buses. Many people shared their experiences on social media, asking for mutual aid to help fix their homes and replace the destroyed belongings.
Some power has been returning and services are in place to recover; however, it is not enough. Sign this petition to demand the U.S. government allot more resources towards helping these evacuees and people suffering in the aftermath of this natural disaster!
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- Demand the UN Form a Task Force to Address Climate Change
- Urge Florida, Texas, and Louisiana to Commit to Carbon Neutrality by 2040
- Tell IFC to Divest from Factory Farming
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