World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 27 Mar, 2021 07:30 am

Texas reports 111 dead from February winter storm that knocked out power and water for millions

Texas reports 111 dead from February winter storm that knocked out power and water for millions
The new tally is almost twice as high as previously reported. It surpasses the death toll from Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and is expected to grow even higher.

Deaths related to the storm had a range of causes.Locales such as Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth, have yet to report any deaths related to the storm.The county’s medical examiner is investigating as many as 17 deaths that could be related to the storm.Texas was devastated when the state’s power grid collapsed because of the frigid temperatures and a record demand for electricity.

February’s brutal winter storm exposed the criminality of the state government, which worked with power companies to block regulation of the power grid in the interest of profits.Some people's medical equipment stopped working without power and others died of carbon monoxide poisoning as they desperately tried to heat their homes or keep warm in their cars.

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