At least 58 people have died in areas affected by an unprecedented cold in the US a week, most of the deaths recorded in Texas, where the transmission system was worst hit. power paralysis.
Carrol Anderson is a 75-year-old veteran living in southern Texas, USA. For most of his life, the most frightening natural disaster for him were tropical storms from the Gulf of Mexico.
The blizzards that landed since last weekend set off another peril. Mr. Anderson ordered more oxygen tanks in case he was unable to go out during a blizzard. The 75-year-old man still needs oxygen sometimes to sustain life.
Snow is rarely seen in many areas in Texas.
According to Anderson’s granddaughter, these oxygen tanks were never delivered. Unable to sit still and wait, Mr. Anderson drove to another house in Crosby, northeast of Houston, to get a spare oxygen tank.
On February 16, Mr. Anderson was found dead in a pickup truck while on his way to get an oxygen tank. Mr. Anderson’s main oxygen tank is located at home and requires electricity to operate.
But the home where Mr. Anderson is located is among a series of areas with blackout for days. Anderson is one of at least 58 people who died in an unprecedented cold in the United States. The causes of death for Americans include CO poisoning, car accidents, drowning, death from fire and frostbite.
In Galveston County, along the Texas coast, US authorities said two people died from the cold weather. Another person is more likely to die from CO poisoning. Authorities are also investigating four possible deaths related to extreme weather.
Judge Mark Henry, the county’s senior official, said he would order the evacuation of people from a vulnerable group before the blizzard, if it was known that Galveston County was completely out of power.
Judge Henry said the Texas Grid Administration (ERCOT) had only warned that a rotating power cut would be made. But in fact, the entire area was completely blacked out in 48 hours.
Many Texas hospitals have to relocate patients.
At the height of the crisis, as many as 4 million Texans lived in the blackout, while the temperature dropped as deep as minus 15 degrees Celsius. As of Feb. 19, that number has dropped to 165,000, but millions people still live in a situation of dehydration because the pipes were damaged by the cold.
From 15-17.2, Texas hospitals and medical facilities received more than 700 cases of CO poisoning. In the city of Austin, dozens of people are poisoned by burning charcoal for heating their homes.
Cold weather leads to power cuts and water cuts, making it difficult for hospitals to treat patients. In the city of Abilene, a man died at the Hendrick Medical Center because he did not receive prompt dialysis.
At least four people died from the cold, including a 60-year-old man who died at his home, Albilene firefighters said. Another 86-year-old woman died of frostbite in her backyard.
In the southern suburbs of San Antonio, a 69-year-old man dies in his bedroom. The victim lived in a power cut for several days.
In Houston, police found Ethiopian immigrant families with 4 members CO poisoning. Etenesh Mersha, mother of two, suddenly got tired of talking to her friend on the phone.
“She tried to drink water, said she could no longer talk and then did not hear back,” the friend shared and reported to the police. At the scene, the police discovered that 4 people in the car were unconscious. Mersha and her daughter died. Her 8-year-old son and her husband are lucky to be still alive.
In the city of Conroe, Texas, an 11-year-old boy died in his bed. The house where the boy lived was electrified the night before. The whole family tries to gather together in a bedroom to keep warm, the Conroe city police said.
Talking about her husband’s death, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Campanile said: “He tried to find the oxygen tank but failed. We Texans like us don’t know how to deal with freezing weather. That’s not what often happens here. ”
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According to Dang Nguyen (Dan Viet)
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