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In flooded Kentucky, door-to-door to count the dead


Some mountainous areas in eastern Kentucky remain inaccessible after flooding that turned some roads into rivers, washed away bridges, swept away homes and killed at least 26 people, according to a new toll from authorities.

The damage caused to the mobile phone antennas complicated the rescue and prevented estimating the number of dead and missing.

These floods are among the most devastating, deadliest we have ever seen.Governor Andy Beshear said on NBC.

And when we try to clear, it’s raining! »

A quote from Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

We are going door to door trying to locate as many people as possible. We will even do it in the rain. But the weather complicates thingshe added.

The Democratic governor had earlier tweeted that the death toll from the torrential rains, which fell on the east of this rural state overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, had risen from 25 to 26.

We will find bodies for weeks, many of which will have been carried hundreds of metershe said on NBC.

In the city of Jackson, in the center of the most heavily affected area, rescuers and volunteers gathered Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Walmart hypermarket before deploying.

A soldier who evacuates three children.

Rescue continues under threatening skies.

Photo: Getty Images/Michael Swensen

Some were handing out bottled water. On a boat tied to a trailer was written FEMA Rescue 4a sign that rescuers from the US Disaster Management Agency were on site.

Under heavy black clouds heralding new rains, the streets were covered in a thick layer of mud.

A region with an already devastated economy

The floods hit a region whose economy was already devastated by the decline of the mining industry, its main resource.

They wiped out areas where people already had very little. »

A quote from Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

Some parts of Kentucky received some 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours and, in places, the waters of the rivers suddenly rose several meters before breaking their banks.

The National Weather Services on Sunday announced a new risk of flooding in the central United States, including Kentucky.

The threat of flash flooding will increase throughout the day, with heavy showers and thunderstorms developingthey tweeted.

President Joe Biden has decreed the state of natural disaster and released federal reinforcements to support areas affected by storm, floods, landslides and mudslides.

A member of the search and rescue team searches an area for survivors.

Many bodies of victims would have been carried hundreds of meters.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / SETH HERALD

These floods are the most recent manifestations of extreme weather events that are becoming more frequent with human-induced global warming.

In December, several dozen violent tornadoes ravaged five states in the central United States, mainly western Kentucky, and killed at least 79 people.

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