Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tens of thousands of people in Texas are left without electricity and bills up to $ 5,000 in 5 days


Reuters

Bronte Wittpenn/Austin American

The city of Flugerville, Texas, after being hit by a cold wave and snowstorms in February 2021.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that about 30,000 people in the state are still without electricity after an unprecedented and fatal polar storm that killed about 60 people.

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The number of victims of the severe cold wave in the United States rose to 58

Abbott said, in a press conference on Sunday evening, that 30,000 people in Texas are suffering from power cuts to their homes now, and that electricity will be restored to these people later on Sunday or Monday.

The governor stated that the Texas Public Utilities Commission will order electricity companies to stop sending bills to consumers, at a time when locals expressed their anger at the arrival of $ 5,000 for a period of only 5 days due to the sharp rise in demand for electric power.

At least 58 people have been killed so far, according to American media, as a result of a record cold wave that recently hit the southern United States, especially Texas, where the sharp drop in temperature and snowstorms led to power cuts to 4 million people during the peak period and the explosion of water pipes in homes.

The US National Weather Service said on Friday that last week had seen some of the worst winter weather in decades.

Electricity is slowly being restored to the storm-affected population, but many of them are left without clean drinking water.

And the White House announced, on Saturday, that US President Joe Biden had signed an order stipulating that Texas would be declared a major disaster area, in a move described by Governor Greg Abbott as a “tacit” approval of his request for federal aid.

Source: “Reuters” + agencies





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