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The Maldonado family lived in a mobile home in Barataria, Louisiana, that is now completely flooded. Photo: Brandon Bell via Getty Images

Days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, many of the state’s Latino residents are awaiting aid amidst sweltering heat and lack of power, food and drinking water.

Details: The category 4 storm left many houses and apartments unlivable and their residents stranded in the swath between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, where many of the state’s Latinos reside.

  • Ida devastated areas like LaPlace, home to many Latinos who lost their mobile homes or were still stuck in their houses as of yesterday, unable to get out because of flooding.
  • “Everybody was screaming so bad, but just like that, it was on top of us and we couldn’t run or get out,” Walter Rosales, a resident of Houma, told Noticias Telemundo.
  • Ida hit Cuba two days earlier as a category 1 hurricane. It made landfall last Friday on two parts of the island that are dependent on crops, now flooded, and where power has yet to be fully restored.

Latinos are offering aid in Louisiana, notably volunteers working with Spanish chef José Andrés who have been preparing meals and distributing them to those affected.

The big picture: This past week, Hurricane Nora, which left two dead in Mexico, and heavy rains in Venezuela, where at least 20 people died in Merida State, also laid bare the vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change that Latinos across the hemisphere face.

  • Climate events are driving migration, as happened after Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras and Guatemala in 2020.

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White House to host forum on Latinos in media

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) Photo: Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images

The White House is hosting a forum Thursday on how Latinos are portrayed in media and Hispanics' lack of representation in film and television.

The big picture: The scheduled panel discussions during Hispanic Heritage Month comes after a recent preliminary U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that Latinos are severely underrepresented in the media industry.

Oct 12, 2021 - Science

Weather and climate disasters have cost the U.S. over $100 billion in 2021

Piles of debris is all that's left of a restaurant after heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Ida came through in Manville, New Jersey, on Sept. 7. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Weather and climate disasters in 2021 have killed 538 people in the U.S. and cost over $100 billion, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why it matters: The first nine months of 2021 saw the largest number of billion-dollar disasters in a calendar year so far, with 2021 on pace for second behind 2020, per the report.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.