The death toll from floods in the northeastern United Shatov has risen to 45, CNN reported. Earlier, the media wrote about 41 dead.
In the state of New Jersey alone, at least 23 people were killed. At the same time, according to local authorities, their number may grow, since many are listed as missing.
State Gov. Phil Murphy said the majority of those killed were those in their vehicles when they were suddenly hit by streams of water.
“We want to refrain from giving a full account of the fatalities. They are scattered across several counties, mostly not entirely, but mostly in central Jersey and a few in the north,” Murphy said in the evening news release.
The floods were caused by Hurricane Ida, which was accompanied by heavy rains. On Wednesday, it led to massive floods in New York, where, according to preliminary data, at least 12 people died. All metro lines were suspended in the city. The mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, said that hundreds of people were waiting for rescuers in the city.
A state of emergency has been declared in several states of the country, and rescue and reconstruction work is underway.
Earlier Thursday, US President Joe Biden thanked the rescuers who were working on the night heavy rain hit New York City and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to provide government support to the affected states.
At the moment, in the United States, about 1.2 million people do not have access to electricity, more than 900 thousand of them in the state of Louisiana.
Ida struck Louisiana earlier this week, after which it moved north of the country and caused floods in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.