US President Joe Biden has moved forward with a major disaster declaration for Texas, which is grappling with the aftermath of a winter storm that descended on the state and other parts of the United States this week.
Announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the move means that Texans will be eligible for federal funding that will cover temporary accommodation and home repair works, and could be used as low-cost loans.
Earlier in the day, President Biden vowed to approve a disaster declaration for Texas; his visit to the state, however, is not expected earlier than next week.
Texas Endures Sub Zero Temperatures
The United States' south-western parts and Texas have been experiencing a spell of unfavourable weather conditions that brought snowfall and chilling winds to the area.
Freezing temperatures affected up to four million households in Texas, which saw massive power outages and water supply disruptions due to the severe meteorological conditions.
Nearly 50 people lost their lives due to cold weather in the areas affected by the winter storm.