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Hurricane Laura Leaves 14 Dead in Louisiana and Texas

الإعصار لورا يخلف ١٤ قتيلا في ولايتي لويزيانا وتكساس الأمريكيتين

QNA – Washington:

At least 14 people were killed after Hurricane Laura battered the US States of Louisiana and Texas.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards formally asked US President Donald Trump to declare a federal disaster for 23 parishes in the state, which would free up Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance. The President approved the request for a disaster declaration.

“Hurricane Laura is the fifth strongest storm to make landfall in the United States in recorded history and the first in memory to maintain major hurricane strength as it traveled through Louisiana, bringing catastrophic destruction to many parishes,” Edwards said in a statement.

Edwards said five people in his state died from carbon monoxide poisoning from gas-powered emergency generators, four from trees falling on homes and one who drowned while using a boat.

In Texas, a Sabine County man was killed when a tree hit a mobile home, and three people died in Port Arthur, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said.

Eighty-two water systems across Louisiana were incapacitated by the storm, Edwards said.

Laura struck the coast of Louisiana near the Texas border as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.

An estimated 8,000 homes were possibly destroyed in the two states, and more than 14,000 people sought shelter from the Red Cross and other agencies, the Red Cross said. Edwards said more than 3,000 people in Louisiana found shelter in hotels.

As of early Friday evening 485,192 utility customers were without power in Louisiana; in Texas that figure was 106,801.

واشنطن – قنا:

لقي 14 شخصا، على الأقل، مصرعهم جراء الإعصار /لورا/ في ولايتي /لويزيانا/ و/تكساس/ جنوبي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

وأكد السيد جون بيل إدواردز حاكم /لويزيانا/، في تصريح اليوم، مصرع 10 أشخاص على الأقل في ولايته، قضى نصفهم تسمما بأول أكسيد الكربون المنبعث من مولدات كهرباء استخدمت داخل المنازل بعدما ضرب الإعصار الولاية أمس الأول /الخميس/، بينما نجمت أربع حالات وفاة أخرى عن سقوط أشجار على منازل مواطنين، وقضى رجل إثر غرق مركبه.

وحرم 464 ألفا و813 مشتركا من الكهرباء في /لويزيانا/ أمس /الجمعة/.

ونجت ولاية تكساس إلى حد كبير من الإعصار الذي تراجعت قوته، مخلفا 4 وفيات في الولاية، ثلاث منها نجمت عن التسمم بأول أكسيد الكربون المنبعث من المولدات، وفق قناة /الحرة/ الأمريكية.

وكان الإعصار /لورا/ تسبب في مصرع 31 شخصا على الأقل في هايتي يوم /الأحد/ الماضي قبل أن يواصل رحلته إلى سواحل الولايات المتحدة.

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