As the remnants of Hurricane Ida left severe flooding and at least 42 dead in the northwestern United States, a food delivery delivery man continued to work in Brooklyn, New York. With the city in a state of emergency and the roads closed, the man was barely pushing his bicycle with the water covering him up to the waist.
The New York floods, in pictures
Johnny Miller, photographer freelance, recorded the scene in a video and uploaded it to his Twitter account “Unequal Scenes” (Scenes of inequality). Within hours, Miller’s tweet has garnered millions of views and even attracted the attention of Democratic Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
Now, Miller is looking for the delivery man to donate the money he has made through the sale of the video to different news companies. The figure for the moment exceeds 1,700 dollars (1,432 euros).
“Seeing this man pushing his bike next to people in a Mercedes to deliver Chinese food made my stomach turn,” Miller said. New York Times. “Some of us have the privilege of not working during a disaster and others do not.”
The video has sparked a reaction from Democratic Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez. “Please do not be that person who order food at home during a flash flood that the NWS (National Weather Service) has considered a dangerous and life-threatening situation. It puts vulnerable people at risk,” he said on Twitter. “If it’s too dangerous for you, it’s too dangerous for them. Look in your closets or ask a neighbor for help.”
At least 42 people, including a 2-year-old child, have died in the last hours as a result of the strong storms that shake the states of New Jersey and New York, on the east coast of the United States, police sources reported Thursday . “Most of these deaths were individuals who were trapped in their cars by the floods,” said neighboring New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
In New York City, which is in an emergency situation, there have been nine of the deaths, according to the latest data from the city police.