Biden: Heavy rains show arrival of climate crisis

US President Joe Biden says the deadly heavy rains brought by the recent hurricane are reminders of the arrival of a climate crisis.

Biden delivered a speech at the White House on Thursday about Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in the southern state of Louisiana last Sunday.

The storm continued moving north and brought heavy rains to other states, including New York and New Jersey, even after being downgraded to a low-pressure system.

The storm destroyed many buildings and caused flooding in many places. A large amount of water flew into subway stations and basements in New York.

US media report that at least 60 people have been killed in eight states in the disaster.

Biden said the hurricane and the flooding, as well as the wildfires that are raging in California, are "yet another reminder that these extreme storms and the climate crisis are here."

He also instructed the relevant organizations to speed up their efforts to provide assistance to the affected areas.

On Friday, Biden is scheduled to visit Louisiana, where many residents have been forced to evacuate due to the floods.