9/11 horror: How COVID-19 has affected rebuilding efforts
19-years-ago, this day on September 11, as the world watched by in horror, hijacked airplanes flew into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, bringingit crashing down with people alive in it. The dreadful attack killed nearly 2,700 people while around 6000 were severely injured. Since then, though the horrific memories linger as a nightmare, things have not returned back to normal. Now as the world is battling COVID-19 pandemic, rebuilding efforts have been stalled in US.
Rewind to September 11, 2001
Four passenger flights that took off from California were hijacked by terrorists of al-Qaeda. While two of the flights crashed into two 110 storey towers of the World Trade Centre, another crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defence.
Despite $10 billion worth of property damage, thousands were killed or injured in the incident. Eyewitnesses would later recall people jumping futilely out of the buildings and falling to their deaths, or officials working to rescue people from the rubble. Others remember seeing the massive buildings crumble down.
According to reports, rebuilding efforts continue to be underway, and have been stalled by the pandemic. While large swathes of the World Trade Centre Complex has been rebuilt, around $ 25 billion later, things are not yet complete.