Thousands of Texans gradually recovered their drinking water and electricity services on Saturday after an unprecedented wave of polar cold that paralyzed this southern US state more accustomed to high temperatures than cold for several days.
The young Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who raised $ 3.2 million for the victims of this cold wave, traveled especially from New York to Houston.
“We want to show you that New York is with you, that the whole country is with you,” he said after participating in a food distribution.
More than 60,000 homes were still without power Saturday in the “lone star state,” according to the site poweroutage.us.
This extreme weather event wreaked havoc in the southern and central United States this week, claiming the lives of at least 40 people, according to US media.
Temperatures rose Saturday, around 15 degrees Celsius in Houston and Austin, Texas.
“The federal government has sent generators, blankets, water and other essential supplies,” US President Joe Biden tweeted as he asked his compatriots to help Texas associations.
The president, who signed a new emergency declaration for Texas, indicated that he intended to travel to this state on the border with Mexico but stressed that he did not want his visit to be “just another burden.”
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