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Washington DC : White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced late Tuesday night that President Joe Biden had approved an emergency declaration for the Jackson water crisis.

According to state officials, Jackson, Mississippi’s largest city and home to more than 160,000 people, has a deteriorating drinking water system. Thousands of Jackson residents have no or little water pressure, and officials cannot say when adequate, reliable service will be restored.

The emergency declaration by Biden will mobilize federal resources to help local and state authorities. The White House announced that during a 90-day period, emergency protective measures would be given with 75% federal financing.

According to a White House press release, “The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population.”

Biden’s decision will “provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures … to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Hinds County” according to various reports.

It is noteworthy that earlier on Tuesday, Jean-Pierre said that President Biden had been briefed on the Jackson water crisis situation.