President Joe Biden has declared an emergency in the state of Texas, clearing the way for more federal fundings for the local officials. Although power is returning in some areas across the state and temperatures are set to rise, more than 14 million are still facing difficulty accessing clean water.
Moreover, the newly-elected President stated that he will visit the state as long as his presence is not a burden for relief efforts across Texas. So far, as many as sixty fatalities have been attributed to the unprecedented cold weather across America. The local officials had already imposed an emergency, along with Louisiana and Oklahoma.
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The White House said in a statement on Texas that President Biden had ordered the federal agencies for assistance to supplement local and state recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe weather conditions. The statement said Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programmers to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”
An administration official stated that Biden has been in touch with the mayors of the major cities in Texas, including Houston, Dallas, and Austin, to ensure that they have the resources to fight the crisis. Moreover, several other states across the country that were hit by cold weather earlier this week, have also reported a shortage of water in some areas.
In Mississippi and Jackson, which is home to around 150,000, reported that it was also facing water shortages. Authorities in Jackson have stated that the water filtration plants in the state working again, but local media reported that as many as 43,000 households have no access to clean water.
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