Perhaps a slightly ghoulish way to think of it but the death toll appears to be 10 people at present. 10 too many of course, a tragedy each and every one.
And yet, and yet. Firstly, imagine a storm this bad in an economically undeveloped country. We wouldn’t be just creeping up into double digits.
But also, US death rate is some 800 per 100,000 people each year. There’re 2 million in Houston (the city, not the surrounding area). We therefore expect some 45 deaths a day in normal times. That toll of 10 is over several days. We’re in fact seeing a 10% rise in the death rate as a result of a vast and huge storm.
Yes, 10 deaths too many. And yet it’s an amazingly small, tiny, number. It being economic development that makes it such.