Four persons of Indian origin, Malathi Kanche, 46, a software designer and Danush Reddy, 31, Tara Ramskriets and her 22 year old son, Nick were swept away by flash floods caused by Hurricane Ida. The hurricane, according to weather experts, was the second-most destructive calamity to hit New Jersey after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Kanche was driving with her 15-year-old daughter near Bridgewater, New Jersey, when her vehicle came to a standstill in waist-deep flood water. She and her daughter clung to a tree as floodwaters swept them away. But a tree fell, dragging Kanche into the stream, according to their family friend Mansi Mago. Kanche had previously been listed as “missing” and her death was confirmed by the police on Friday (Sept 3).