Biden declares Texas a disaster zone due to snowfall

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U.S. President Joe Biden has declared a natural disaster in Texas due to snowfall and federal aid to the state, the White House said Feb. 20.

“President Joseph Biden <...> has ordered federal assistance to assist in local and state recovery in areas affected by the severe snowstorms that have continued since Feb. 11, 2021,” the statement reads.

It is specified that the funds could be used to provide temporary housing or home repairs, uninsured property damage loans and other programs to help citizens and business owners.

After assessing the extent of damage caused by bad weather, the authorities may allocate additional funds.

In the south of the country, there are abnormal frosts and continuous snowfalls. Almost 50 people already became victims of bad weather, some of them died from hypothermia, some – from carbon monoxide poisoning, trying to get warm.

Texas has become one of the hardest hit states: bad weather has led to difficulties with water and electricity cuts, suspension of work of refineries and other enterprises.