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Kentucky flood death toll rises to 16, could double

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The toll, which was previously eight dead, will also include childrenadded the elected Democrat.

All the emergency services, including the National Guard, the police and reinforcements from neighboring states, are mobilized to come to the aid of the victims of the worst flooding ever experienced by Kentuckyhe specified.

  Submerged houses after floods.

Aerial view of homes submerged under floodwaters of the Kentucky River in Jackson

Photo: Getty Images / LEANDRO LOZADA

Torrential rains fell on the east of this rural state overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, turning some roads into rivers and forcing residents to take refuge on the roof of their homes while waiting for help.

About 50 air rescues and hundreds of boat rescues have already taken place, according to Beshear.

But there is so much water, the currents are so strong that we cannot reach everyone. »

A quote from Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

The elected Democrat hopes to see the federal government declare, during the day, a situation of natural disaster.

Precipitation is expected to continue through Friday evening, and the flood alert has been maintained.

With human-induced global warming, the atmosphere contains more water vapour, increasing the chances of heavy rainfall events, scientists say. These rains, associated with other factors linked in particular to land development, promote flooding.

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