Body pulled from Passaic River in NJ: officials

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NEW JERSEY — A body has been recovered from the Passaic River, officials said Wednesday, about one week after torrential downpours associated with Tropical Storm Ida pounded the region, causing the river to swell.

Two people, identified as Nidhi and Ayush Rana by family and friends, have been missing since being swept away by Ida’s floodwaters last Wednesday.

The identity of the person recovered is not yet known, and officials have not said if it could be either of the missing individuals.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said the county’s homicide unit had responded to a Kearny marina to investigate.

Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on Louisiana and the Gulf Coast before moving into the Northeast as a tropical storm, where it created deadly flooding in New York and New Jersey.

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster for both New Jersey and New York, and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas devastated by the remnants of the hurricane.

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