Texas restores power but still struggling with water | Daily News

Texas restores power but still struggling with water

People help fill jugs at a drive-through water distribution centre at a high school in Kyle, Texas on Sunday. - AFP
People help fill jugs at a drive-through water distribution centre at a high school in Kyle, Texas on Sunday. - AFP

US: Texas authorities have restored power statewide bringing relief after days of unprecedentedly frigid temperatures, but millions were still struggling without safe, drinkable water.

"Due to lack of power, frozen pipes, high use at certain times, we've seen the number of systems go up that are reporting (water) issues," Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality told reporters during a televised briefing.

Water problems, he said, were impacting about 14.3 million residents out of a total population of around 29 million, as officials distributed fresh water and food to thousands of people.

As the stark toll of the fierce storm grew clearer across the south-central region -- approximately 70 deaths have been attributed to the cold wave -- US President Joe Biden issued a major disaster declaration for 77 of the hardest-hit Texas counties.

That declaration authorizes the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and expedite assistance.

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent target of Republican criticism, was in Texas Saturday lending support after raising more than $3.7 million in a few days to help Texas's recovery.

- AFP