Heavy snowstorms have been raging in the US state of Texas for days. It is also icy cold. Now US President Joe Biden has declared a state of disaster.
Freezing cold and blizzards hit Texas since last Sunday.
Joe Biden has declared a state of disaster and promised financial aid.
Furthermore, millions of households are cut off from the water supply.
In hospitals, patients are instructed not to shower anymore – there is so little water.
US President Joe Biden has declared the state of Texas a disaster area. This is reported by CNN, based on a statement by the White House from Saturday morning local time. This week, Texas was hit by a heavy snowstorm that meteorologists had not expected to be of this magnitude. This left four million people without electricity.
More than 15 million people are still struggling with water supply problems. According to information from the Washington Post, 30 people were killed in the freezing cold as of Friday. Across the country, 58 people died as a result of the snowstorms. Texas Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz came under fire when he took a plane to Mexico in the middle of the disaster.
Health care in particular suffers from the effects of the freezing cold. Power outages and water shortages have occurred in hospitals across the state. Critical patients were rushed to other hospitals.
The “New York Times” reports.
Water scarcity in hospitals
The emergency rooms are overcrowded. Due to the scarcity of water, inpatients are asked not to shower but to wash with disinfectant in order to save water. It is lucky that it started to rain after the snowstorm, explains a hospital manager: “This way we were able to collect the rainwater that we urgently need”.
The se should flow into emergency shelters and repairs to the damage to the houses. Loans are also to be given to people whose property was not insured. Communities and non-profit organizations that are involved in the rebuilding of Texas are also to receive financial grants.
Joe Biden plans to visit the state himself next week to get an idea of the situation. At the same time, he stated that he would only make the visit if it would not further burden Texas.