U.S. unemployment rate rises, “new poor” receive relief, reporter visits relief food distribution station
A winter storm hit Texas in the southern United States a few days ago, causing widespread water and power outages. Electricity and water supply in Houston, Texas have gradually begun to recover, but the supply of some living materials is still difficult to guarantee. On the 21st local time, a CCTV reporter visited a local relief food distribution station.
CCTV reporter Yin Yue: This food distribution station is almost closed at noon, but there are still many vehicles coming in. Volunteers here get food materials from the food bank and distribute them to these passing vehicles.
Volunteer: I have some bananas, peaches, etc. Basically, what can I help?
Reporter: They are basically fruits.
The way this area works is people Driving past, the trunk opened, and the volunteers put the food in the trunk. Until the last service point, the volunteers packed the ingredients and closed the trunk. There was no personal contact during the whole process, because in addition to the impact of the cold wave, attention should be paid to epidemic prevention. People can only help each other so carefully.
Volunteers: The unemployment rate has been rising, Nothing is getting better. Now you will see the “new poor” in the relief team. This happened in Houston and also in the entire United States. If you look at the cars these people drive, you know that they are not used to receiving relief like this.
Volunteers: For volunteers like me For people, it is also very important to be able to come here, because we can also get some supplies, and we all need help.
As the nation’s largest energy production and The consuming state is also the only state with an independent power supply system. This independent system gave local governments autonomy in power supply affairs within the state, but it also made the Texas power supply system particularly vulnerable. Because in extreme situations, you can’t ask the outside for help. Many people believe that this is the reason for this serious problem. As the weather warms up, the impact of the cold wave will fade, but no one knows whether the underlying problems behind it can be resolved.