Shepparton News

Hurricane wreaks havoc

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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.

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