Frankfort: The death toll due to floods in the south-central US state of Kentucky rose to 25 on Saturday. Meanwhile, several people are still missing. Earlier this week, unprecedented flash flooding was caused by torrential rains in 13 counties of the state. Many roads and bridges in the mountainous region in eastern Kentucky were damaged.
A search and rescue operation has been launched to locate the missing people. “I’m worried we are going to be finding bodies for weeks to come. Keep praying,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear as quoted by AFP. On Friday, the death toll from floods in the states was 16. The governor also said that earlier reports claiming six children were among the deceased were incorrect as two of them were adults.
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In the past 24 hours, some areas of eastern Kentucky received over eight inches of rainfall. The water level of the North Fork of the Kentucky River In Whitesburg increased to 20 feet within hours, reported the news agency. It was above its previous record of 14.7 feet.
As per the weather forecast, residents of Kentucky will have a brief respite over the weekend. However, heavy showers are predicted to resume on Monday. US President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration for the Kentucky flooding to allow federal aid to the flood affected areas.
Due to floods, around 18,000 homes remained without power, the governor said. A total of 18 tractor-trailers of water have been sent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the affected areas so far.
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