Deep Dive (Sept. 2): Rising Death Toll After Ida Pummels East Coast

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
September 2, 2021Deep Dive

Tragedy occurred on the East Coast after the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The death toll is rising, with at least 24 dead. There were scenes of excessive flooding as two governors issued emergency declarations, with even a tornado appearing in New Jersey. Coasts further up brace for Ida as a new hurricane, Hurricane Larry, forms in the Atlantic. And there’s another area also taking a hit from Ida. Ida is threatening to spike gas prices nationwide, as millions of people are expected to hit the road for Labor Day weekend.

Two bipartisan senators are demanding President Joe Biden protect Afghan journalists. Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Republican Mitt Romney of Utah said that following the U.S. troop withdrawal, the Afghan journalists who assisted U.S. media personnel need urgent aid resettling and continuing their work. As for the people in Afghanistan, long lines outside banks and soaring prices in the bazaars are just an indication of some of the everyday worries under Taliban rule.

And what about the cost of the war? A recent study by Brown University is detailing both the financial and the human costs of the terror wars. Brown University’s Costs of War Project estimates that the total budgetary costs and future obligations for all post-9/11 wars total about $8 trillion. Around 930,000 people were killed, including 7,000 U.S. troops and almost 390,000 civilians. The $8 trillion includes more than $2.1 trillion spent by the Pentagon, $2.2 trillion for future health care obligations for veterans through 2050, and $1 trillion in interest payments.

Tune into Deep Dive as we explore these topics and more.

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