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Biden declares major disaster in Texas, asks federal agencies to assist state, local efforts in affected areas

Biden declares major disaster in Texas, asks federal agencies to assist state, local efforts in affected areas

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Washington [US], February 21 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Saturday (local time) declared a major disaster in Texas and asked federal agencies to help the state and local efforts in the areas hit by a winter storm last week.
According to the New York Post, the declaration makes federal funds available for over 70 counties in the Lone Star State, along with non-profit organizations helping out in the crisis.
Meanwhile, the assistance may include grants for temporary housing or home repairs, low-cost loans to help cover uninsured property losses, and other programs for individuals and business owners.
On Friday President planned to sign the measure ahead of a visit to Texas in the coming week. The date of the visit is not yet set, as Biden doesn't want the arrival of a presidential entourage to interfere with recovery efforts, New York Post reported.
Moreover, dozens of people have died in Texas in recent days after a blast of extended winter storms compromised the state's power grid. Many of the state's gas-fired power plants were also compromised by the snow and ice. Millions of residents were left in the dark and without access to heat as a result, leading to food and water shortages, The Hill reported. (ANI)

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