A major disaster declaration for Texas is approved by US President, Joe Biden. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the disaster has suffered a widespread power blackout and water shortages during a deep freeze.
The officials said that the declaration made federal funding, assistance for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans available to individuals across the state.
The storm was so severe that it had left many homeless and without proper drinking water and food. Nearly, 30 deaths were reported in Texas since Sunday. Since Biden’s joining this is his first new crisis to develop and he is weighing a trip to Texas to survey the federal response.
Reportedly, the White House is working closely with Texas Governor Greg Abbott to analyze the situation. Since, yesterday more than 195,000 homes have remained without electricity while all the state’s power plants had returned to service.
According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, it was also reported that 160 residents of Texas’ had water service disruptions. There have been statewide advisory of boil-water after water treatment centers experienced blackouts.
Also, those who are accessible to safe water have been advised to turn off their water, for fear thawing pipes will burst, causing flooding.