Three members of the Torres family drowned in their apartment in the city of Elizabeth (New Jersey, United States) due to the floods caused by the remnants of the Hurricane Ida. Additionally, Latinos said authorities were unable to do more to prevent the tragedy.
As reported by the chain Telemundo, Victoria Torres recounted what happened and confirmed the death of her brother José Torres, his wife Margarita Espinal and their son Vladimir. “We are in pieces. The whole family”, she said.
“Now this happens to us two months after losing my other brother to coronavirus. Now losing my older brother, a healthy man, coming home from work, with his wife and his only son”, Victoria deepened.
The woman also maintained that the authorities were unable to prevent the tragedy in New Jersey. “It was negligent because most of them left. They were inside her apartment and why didn’t they go knock on her door to tell them they had to leave”.
Jose Torres was described by his sister Victoria as a very friendly, serious and hardworking man.
Hurricane Ida has killed at least 50 people, half in the state of New Jersey.
Biden to visit New Jersey and New York
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, will travel to the town of Manville, in New Jersey, and the district of Queens, in New York City, two of the areas most affected by the heavy rains last Wednesday, which have left almost fifty dead in the northeast of the country.
He will do so after visiting Louisiana on Friday, where he toured the areas most devastated by the hurricane and where he promised help for the victims and defended investments in infrastructure to face the new climate challenges.
In Manville, the town of New Jersey what will you visit Biden, there were large floods and later serious fires in several buildings, presumably due to gas leaks caused by the waters.
The US president has already approved an emergency declaration for the two states, which opens the door to aid from the federal government.