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Biden says Ida, wildfires show 'climate crisis' has struck
 
Washington: President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged robust federal help for the Northeastern and Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida and for Western states beset by wildfires with the catastrophes serving as deadly reminders that the climate crisis has arrived.

These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here, Biden said in a White House speech. We must be better prepared. We need to act.

The president said he will further press Congress to pass his nearly 1 trillion infrastructure bill to improve roads, bridges, the electric grid and sewer systems. The proposal intends to ensure that the vital networks connecting cities and states and the country as a whole can withstand the flooding, whirlwinds and damage caused by increasingly dangerous weather. Biden stressed that the challenge transcends the politics of a deeply divided nation because of the threats posed by the storms and fires.

It's a matter of life and death and we're all in this together, the president said.

Scientists say climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather events such as large tropical storms, and the droughts and heatwaves that create conditions for vast wildfires.

US weather officials recently reported that July 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded in 142 years of record-keeping.

Ida was the fifth-most powerful storm to strike the U.S. when it hit Louisiana on Sunday with maximum winds of 150 mph (240 kph), likely causing tens of billions of dollars in flood, wind and other damage, including to the electrical grid. The storm's remnants dropped devastating rainfall across parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, causing significant disruption to major population centers.

The storm has killed at least 13 in the Gulf Coast region and at least 46 in the Northeastern U.S.

More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi remained without power after Ida toppled a major transmission tower and knocked out thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations. New Orleans was plunged into total darkness; power began returning to parts of the city Wednesday. Biden is set to visit Louisiana on Friday to survey some of the damage and meet with government officials there.

Biden said the flooding in Louisiana was less than the region experienced 16 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, crediting federal investments in the area's levee system.

We know that there is much to be done in this response on our part," Biden added. "We need to get power restored. We need to get more food, fuel and water deployed.

He said he was receiving hourly updates on the disaster response and outlined efforts by the federal government to ease recovery efforts, including by making satellite imagery available to utility companies and waiving some regulatory requirements.

At Biden's request, the Energy Department said it was releasing 1.5 million barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ensure a steady fuel supply in the Gulf region, where sunken vessels are blocking key supply lines along the Mississippi River. The oil will be used by ExxonMobil at its Baton Rouge refinery. The company has agreed to replenish the strategic reserve, which is used as an emergency stockpile, within three months.

The president also scolded insurers who are declining to pay for the costs of damage or hotel stays for people who had to evacuate their homes.

Don't hide behind the fine print and technicalities, Biden warned the insurers. Do the right thing and pay your policyholders what you owe them.

Biden said separately that the Pentagon was assisting with ongoing firefighting operations in California against the Caldor fire.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards suggested Biden's Friday visit would be crucial for the president to understand the destruction by seeing the widespread damage for himself.

There's nothing quite like visiting in person, Edwards told reporters Wednesday following a briefing with local elected officials in Jefferson Parish, which took direct blows from Ida. When you see it for yourself, it is just so much more compelling.

Asked what type of assistance he planned to request from Biden, Edwards said, Quite frankly, the list is going to be very, very long. But he said a priority would be for a housing program to help people rebuild.

The White House says Biden has held several conference calls with governors and local officials to discuss preparations and needs after the storm, and has received briefings from Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell.

FEMA had sent tons of supplies, including generators, tarps and other materials to the region before the storm, and federal response teams are working on search and rescue.

Biden's trip Friday to the Gulf region will cap a difficult stretch for the president, who oversaw the chaotic exit of the U.S. military from Afghanistan after a 20-year engagement. That included the deaths of 13 U.S. service members helping evacuate more than 120,000 Americans, Afghan allies and others fleeing life under Taliban rule.

As Ida bore down on the Gulf Coast on Sunday, Biden was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the return of the remains of the 13 U.S. servicemen and women who were killed in suicide bombing last week at Afghanistan's airport in Kabul, where the evacuations were taking place.


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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vishal Bhardwaj, Netflix come together for their upcoming spy thriller Khufiya
 Mumbai, Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj and Netflix have come together for their upcoming spy thriller Khu  
HC grants anticipatory bail to Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan
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KERALA NEWS
Schools in Kerala to reopen from Nov 1
 Thiruvananthapuram, Schools in Kerala will be reopened from November 1, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vija
Kerala to allot 36.84 acres land to TCS, aims to create 10,000 jobs
PDP leader Poonthura Siraj passes away
Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi courts controversy
NATIONAL NEWS
Adityanath releases report card; says UP has seen complete transformation under BJP rule
 Lucknow, Sep 19 (PTI) Asserting that Uttar Pradesh has undergone a complete transformation under his
BJP uses Taliban, Afghanistan, Pakistan to garner votes: Mehbooba
Sidhu is a 'friend of Pakistan', will oppose if he is appointed CM: Amarinder Singh
Rahul attacks BJP govt over unemployment issue
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