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Kentucky floods: death toll rises to 25, search continues

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confirmed dead”,”text”:”We have 25confirmed dead”}}”>We have 25 confirmed deadAndy Beshear said during a press conference. This balance sheet will continue to rise.

I unfortunately believe we will be finding bodies for weeksadded the Democratic governor, as torrential rains battered the east of this rural state overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, turning some roads into rivers and forcing residents to take refuge on the roofs of their homes in waiting for help.

Mr Beshear said four children died in the floods and not six as previously reported. According to the local newspaper Lexington Herald Leaderthey are four brothers and sisters aged between one and a half and eight years old, who were swept away by the waters when they had taken refuge at the top of a tree with their parents.

Some areas of Kentucky received some 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours and, in places, the waters of the rivers suddenly rose several meters before emerging from their beds.

Houses in the town of Jackson, Kentucky, in front of the mountains, flooded.

Parts of Kentucky received about 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours and, in places.

Photo: Getty Images/Michael Swensen

The governor noted that it was still difficult to estimate the number of missing, because mobile phone services are no longer working in the worst affected areas and people who escaped the torrential rains cannot reassure their families.

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Federal emergency aid expected

President Joe Biden has decreed the state of natural disaster and released federal reinforcements to support areas affected by storm, floods, landslides and mudslides. National Guard reservists have carried out 650 evacuations by helicopter since Wednesday, while state security services have carried out 750 by boat, according to Beshear, who stressed that the operations were extremely stressful and difficult for rescuers.

A member of the National Guard in a helicopter with a view of the floods.

The national guard flies over the flooded areas to identify citizens who may need help.

Photo: Reuters/US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Fifteen reception centers have been opened in schools, churches and natural parks.

It stopped raining on Saturday in the region, but more rain is expected on Sunday, which may pose new logistical problems for rescuers who have difficulty reaching victims, as many roads are blocked, bridges are unusable and the water level is still too high. Our problem will be SundayMr. Beshear confirmed on CNN.

It’s going to start raining again and, although we think it won’t be historic rains, it will be hard. »

A quote from Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
The young mother holds her child in her arms, who is crying.  They are seated in the National Guard helicopter.

Candace Spencer, 24, and her son Wyatt, 1, were rescued by the National Guard.

Photo: Getty Images/Michael Swensen

In addition, hot weather is expected next week. Thousands of homes are deprived of electricity and therefore of air conditioning, but also of drinking water. The authorities are preparing to set up freshness centers with portable generators for the most vulnerable and to distribute water. 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.

A woman walks near the rubble of a factory destroyed by a tornado.

A desolate scene following tornadoes in Kentucky late last year (Archives)

Photo: Getty Images / JOHN AMIS

Paradoxically, these tornadoes helped Kentucky better prepare for natural disasters, the governor noted.

months”,”text”:”We learned a lot of lessons in Western Kentucky with those devastating tornadoes seven months ago”}}”>We learned a lot of lessons in Western Kentucky with those devastating tornadoes seven months ago, did he declare. Caravans that had temporarily relocated victims of tornadoes last winter have been sent to the east of the state, where they should arrive quickly.

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