US President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Texas today, Saturday, as the state fights the effects of a winter storm that has killed at least 24 people and caused widespread blackouts and water shortages.
Millions of residents of the largest oil and gas producing state in the United States have been forced to live for days without electricity, and nearly half of the state’s population still suffers from interrupted water supplies.
In addition, said Lena Hidalgo, the most senior official. Elected in Harris County, which includes Houston, yesterday, Friday, that authorities recorded the death of ten residents with hypothermia.
Biden’s measure provides for federal funding for individuals across the state, including housing assistance.
The first crisis
Biden is also considering going to Texas to inspect the efforts of the federal authorities to confront the first crisis that arose since he assumed the position a month ago. . The White House is working closely with the Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, who did not initially acknowledge Biden’s victory in the November 3 elections.
Abbott thanked the president for declaring a state of major disaster, saying in a statement that The announcement was an “important first step,” but added that the approval of aid to individuals was made in only 77 provinces and not as requested in all 254 provinces.