US President Joe Biden will visit the affected areas in the northeastern United States next week, where the foothills of Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc. The White House said Saturday that Biden will be in Manville, New Jersey, and Queens, New York, on Tuesday to assess storm damage.
On Friday, the president already traveled to New Orleans in the southern United States, where the hurricane wreaked havoc. In the Northeast, Ida caused torrential rains and catastrophic flooding in New York and several states. At least 48 people were killed, most of them in New Jersey, New York and the surrounding area.
“I want you to know we’re here for you,” Biden said Friday in New Orleans. “Political motives should not play a role in relief and reconstruction efforts, according to the president.” It’s not about whether we’re Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans and we will get through it together.”
Biden sees hurricanes in the south, floods in the northeast, and fires in the western United States as new evidence of the climate crisis. He warned that from now on storms will be more intense and frequent. The infrastructure in the United States, which is outdated in many places, must adapt to this development. Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to that effect and allocate funds to rebuild infrastructure.
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