Biden announces $95 million to boost Hawaii’s power grid after fires

Caracas.- United States President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will provide $95 million to strengthen Hawaii’s power grid after fires devastated part of the island of Maui earlier this month and killed at least 115 people .

Biden made the announcement during a White House appearance, during which he also discussed the federal agency’s response to Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall in Florida this Wednesday with winds of 125 miles per hour (205 km/h). has caused flooding, downed trees and power outages in thousands of homes.

“I don’t think anyone can deny the impact of the climate crisis. Historic floods, stronger droughts, extreme heat, wildfires that have caused damage we’ve never seen before,” Biden lamented.

The President traveled to Maui earlier this month to assess the damage caused by the fires, the deadliest in the United States in the past hundred years, and pledged that his administration would provide victims with “all the resources at its disposal.” become available”.

Biden also vowed this Wednesday to do what he can to help the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina that are in the way of Hurricane Idalia.

The $95 million announced today for Hawaii comes from infrastructure legislation passed in Congress in 2021 with support from Democrats and Republicans.

According to the White House, the funds will be used to relocate the emergency center on Maui, strengthen the power poles that allow hospitals and health centers to operate, and replace wooden poles with other fire-resistant material.

With information from EFE

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