Looting ensues in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida cuts power to one million homes

Looting ensues in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida cuts power to one million homes



A looting incident broke out in New Orleans, a Louisiana city, after Hurricane Ida flooded wide areas, plunged 1million into darkness and reversed the flow of the Mississippi.



The hurricane which first claimed the life of a 60-year-old man after pushing down a tree on his house near Baton Rouge, has been declared as a major disaster by President Joe Biden.







Hurricane Ida blew in from the Gulf of Mexico with 150mph winds, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina battered the coast, claiming 1,800 lives.



While nearly all offshore Gulf oil production have been suspended ahead of the storm and residents of the most vulnerable coastal areas evacuated, power to more than 1million homes and businesses in New Orleans was knocked out on Sunday August 29 after transmission lines to the city failed.







A transmission tower which collapsed into the Mississippi, saw the river's flow briefly reversed.



Barely 24 hours after the power incident, residents of Louisiana have now reported cases of looting. It was reported that some men tried to rob a cash machine in a market in New Orleans neighbourhood St Claude, while a group were captured by a drone looting a store in New Orleans East.







Mayor LaToya Cantrell who reacted to the reports, said that the looting isn’t as widespread as it appears. Cantrell also said the local police are cracking down on looting and anyone caught doing so will be charged with a state felony.Latest Post
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