At least 44 people have died as a result of flash flooding in the US that was triggered by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The “historic” weather event saw record rainfall flood the streets of New York City, causing the shutdown of subways as water flooded the platforms and train tracks.
The flooding also resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as Newark in New Jersey.
One resident stated that his Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water while telling AFP news agency, “It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Unbelievable. Everything is so strange this year,”.
“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen that much rain ever,”.
This extreme flooding has prompted many officials including President Joe Biden to direct the cause of the flooding to climate change.
The flooding had caused the closure of many streets across New York and New Jersey, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency was deployed on Thursday following orders from Biden.
Streets became rivers as cars were submerged by the water, forcing the fire department to rescue hundreds of people.
According to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, at least 23 people died in the state as a result of the flooding, with the majority of the deaths being people who got stuck in their vehicles.
At least 36 people died in New York City, which included 11 people who couldn’t escape their basements.
The ages of those who died ranged from two to 86 years old. An additional three deaths were reported in the New York suburb of Westchester and another four deaths were reported in Montgomery County, located outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.