Nearly half a million people in Texas have remained without power — following the severe winter storm that hit the state. The U.S. second largest state by area and population is facing an increased death toll as people are freezing to death.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was held accountable by Texans — who were unable to find food or clean drinking water amid the unprecedented frigid conditions. The Austin based corporation manages electricity for over 90% of Texans, a total of 25 million people. Nevertheless, according to State civilians ERCOT didn’t prepare any back-up strategy although they knew that the snow storm was coming their way.
As of this writing, New York reported that the disaster resulted in over 30 deaths including 10 hypothermia deaths because of cold. Furthermore, according to the Guardian, an 11 year old froze to death after his family couldn’t provide any heat. Meanwhile, the officials in Harris County counted over 600 carbon monoxide poisoning cases.
Texas disaster was preventable says Bill Gates
In an interview with CNBC, billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates said that deaths during the Texas frigid were preventable.