Washington, Sep 3 (AP) US President Joe Biden delivered a speech at the White House on Thursday in the backdrop of several natural disasters that hit the country this week, saying “the country is here to help you”. And also called for a massive public resolve to help the country deal with forest fires and face climate change. Biden arrived in hurricane-hit Louisiana on Friday. Presidents before Biden have also been visiting places affected by natural disasters. for them to show this belongingness and to help in such a way
Biden is scheduled to meet with Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, meet other officials and visit flood-hit Laplace. He will also undertake an aerial tour of other areas affected by the natural calamity.
He was also judged on the basis of how the previous president dealt with such crises. Donald Trump has been criticized for distributing paper towels to people in Puerto Rico after a storm. Barack Obama hugged the Republican governor of New Jersey after the storm, easing tensions that were already brewing.
After Hurricane Ida, Biden is facing a challenge like climate change. Scientists say that due to climate change, severe weather related disasters can increase.
Apart from natural disasters, Biden also faces other challenges such as evacuating survivors in Afghanistan, coping with the situation of uncertainty created by the delta nature of the corona virus.
“Hurricane Ida, wildfires in the West and unprecedented flash floods in New York and New Jersey are yet again reminders that we are facing a terrifying hurricane and climate crisis,” Biden said. We have to be ready, we have to take steps.
Hurricane Ida has wreaked havoc in America’s East Coast. On Thursday, heavy rains triggered by the impact of the storm raised the water level of rivers and over 40 people drowned as water from the subsequent floods entered homes and cars.
A flash flood warning was issued in the area but floods of such intensity were not expected. Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, 46 people have died in the tornado from Maryland to Connecticut.