Officials in Washington are calling for greater investment into battling climate change after a “once-in-500-year” storm claimed the lives of 45 United States residents.
States the likes of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware have been hardest hit by Hurricane Ida with conditions not expected to ease until Friday morning local time.
CNN correspondent Pete Muntean says the tropical storm has had “some very severe impacts” in the US.
“This was a massive system but didn’t come with a lot of warning and some are saying this was a once in every 500-year storm,” he told Sky News Australia.
“But officials are underscoring this really is the result of climate change, and the two words you’re going to start hearing in the United States: climate resilience.
“Leaders in Washington want more investment in to try to make sure when this does happen, it has less of an impact on everyday lives.”