World The 15 most natural disaster-prone states in America

01:36  17 february  2021
01:36  17 february  2021 Source:   starsinsider.com

Texas Failed Because It Did Not Plan

  Texas Failed Because It Did Not Plan What went wrong in Texas? The Lone Star State made three fundamental errors.Severed from electricity and bare to the frigid weather, Texas’s infrastructure suffered a kind of multisystem failure. Pipes began to burst inside homes. Cell networks went down, preventing people from calling 911. In Austin and elsewhere, so many people ran their pipes at a drip (in order to prevent them from freezing) that the water system depressurized, contaminating the supply and forcing residents to boil their water before using it.

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2 Dead In Texas As Most Of U.S. Hit By Cold Snap

Texas senator Ted Cruz’s cruel tweets about California power outages have come back to haunt him as more than 4 million people in his home state struggle without electricity.

The Republican lawmaker mocked California last summer when a heat wave caused major blackouts across the Golden State.

“California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity,” he tweeted last August.

“Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA’s failed energy policy the standard nationwide. Hope you don’t like air conditioning!”

Now the Lone Star state has ground to a halt under winter storm Uri, which has seen wide scale blackouts caused by record-breaking freezing temperatures.

Mr Cruz was widely mocked for his past statement across social media.

“Hey @tedcruz, why can’t Texas perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity?” tweeted @andrewkimmel.

“Hey Ted! It was 5 below when I got up this morning, it’s 7 above and snowing like crazy now here in Wisconsin and everyone has working electricity! Tell us more about the paradise you call Texas,” tweeted Daniel Timm.

Will Texas Republicans Pay a Price for the Blackouts?

  Will Texas Republicans Pay a Price for the Blackouts? The state’s energy disaster is over. The fallout is just beginning.Assessing political liability for a natural disaster is tricky. Texas is still a Republican state. Despite Democrats’ progress in recent elections, the power-grid collapse of 2021 is not likely to be the final push that turns the Lone Star State blue. But the specific circumstances of last week’s catastrophe make predicting voter behavior more difficult than it might normally be. Political experts I spoke with were confident about at least one thing: The disaster will almost certainly inspire more Democrats to challenge the state’s ruling party.

And Lee Crawford, tweeted: “Wait till he hears how his own state is doing with electricity...Glass houses and stones. Reality loves irony.”

The arctic air that poured into Texas caused an unprecedented demand for power as temperatures plummeted with the grid eventually overwhelmed.

At least 17 deaths have been linked to the storm, with many people turning to dangerous methods of heating their homes.

A woman and girl died from carbon monoxide poisoning and two people were hospitalised in Houston after a car was left running in a garage to heat a home, which was without power.

‘They were warned’: Experts on India’s Himalayan glacier disaster .
Experts tasked by India’s Supreme Court to study impact of receding glaciers on dams had warned the government in 2014.At least 31 people have died, 165 people are missing and many more are feared to have died, as the rescue operation continues in Chamoli district of northern Uttarakhand state.

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