Hurricane Ida claims lives of four Indian-origin people, two missing

Four persons of Indian origin have died due to drowning as the massive flooding ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Two Indian-origin persons are still missing in New Jersey where the authorities are helping them with the help of drones.

Hurricane Ida, made landfall on August 29 in Port Fourchon, Louisiana is the second-most destructive hurricane to hit Louisiana on record, only after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

A report in said that Nidhi Rana (18) and Ayush Rana (21) were last seen on Wednesday (September 1) evening when Ayush’s car was caught in the floodwaters. Search for the pair continued Sunday as along the Passaic River, the report said.

“We are currently operating with two boats on the water and three drones operating from state police,” Passaic Fire Chief Pat Trentacost was quoted as saying by

According to a media report in 31-year-old Dhanush Reddy from Edison died last week after being swept into a 36-inch storm sewer pipe in South Plainfield. His body was found in a wooded area a few miles away the day after he drowned.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a mother and her 22-year-old son drowned in their home in Queens.

Malathi Kanche, 46, a software designer who emigrated from India, was swept by the floodwaters in Bridgewater New Jersey. Kanche and her 15-year-old daughter clung to a tree after leaving their car that got stuck in the floodwaters. Then the tree gave way, and “the water took her”, a NYT report said. 

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