Hurricane wreaks havoc
NEW ORLEANS: Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans have sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida with no electricity, no tap water, precious little petrol and no clear idea of when things might improve.
Long lines formed at the few service stations that had fuel and generator power to pump it. Neighbours shared generators and borrowed buckets of swimming pool water to bathe or to f lush toilets.
More than one million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi, including all New Orleans, were left without power when Ida slammed the electric grid on Sunday with its 240 km/h winds, toppling a major transmission tower and knocking out thousands of kilometres of lines.
The number of deaths climbed to at least four in Louisiana and Mississippi, including two people killed on Monday night when seven vehicles plunged into a six-metre deep hole near Lucedale, Mississippi, where a highway had collapsed.