New York City

    • Death toll rises in New York area following the historic flash floods

      Death toll rises in New York area following the historic flash floods

      Flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area overnight into Thursday, including several who perished in basements during the "historic" weather event officials blamed on climate change, AFP reported. Record rainfall, which prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut down subway services as water cascaded down platforms onto tracks.

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    • State of emergency declared in New York City due to record rainfall, 8 dead

      State of emergency declared in New York City due to record rainfall, 8 dead

      Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a state of emergency in New York City after record rainfall, dpa reported."We're enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads," de Blasio tweeted late Wednesday. "If you're thinking of going outside, don't. Stay off the subways. Stay off the roads. Don't drive into these heavy waters," de Blasio cautioned. At least eight people died in flooding-related incidents as Hurricane Ida swept through New York City area, New York Times reported on Thursday.

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    • New York City to require Covid vaccination or weekly test for hospital workers

      New York City to require Covid vaccination or weekly test for hospital workers

      As part of a nationwide response to the threat posed by the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant, New York City will require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly tests for workers at city-run hospitals and clinics, Reuters reported. The new policy will go into effect on 2 August, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Wednesday. The city will suspend without pay any employee who refuses to either get vaccinated or tested.

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