Heavy rainfall means that there are still “hundreds” of missing
Heavy rains returned to Kentucky on Monday (USA), where the floods of the last week have already left 37 dead, according to the latest count from the authorities. The governor of the state, Andy Beshear, underlined in a press conference that there are still hundreds of people missing, so the authorities expect the death toll to continue to rise as the rescue efforts progress. Among the deceased are several minors.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is keeping central, southern and eastern Kentucky on alert for flooding and predicts that torrential rains will continue on Tuesday. According to local media, the strong waterspouts caused by the rains for much of last week have destroyed electrical infrastructure, bridges, houses and roads. Part of the territory also remains without telephone coverage, although the service is returning to many of the most affected areas.
On Sunday, Beshear announced that he is activating new reservists from the state National Guard to help rescue Kentucky residents, some of whom are trapped on the rooftops of their homes, reports the local Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper. . On Thursday, the governor already declared a state of emergency throughout the state and mobilized the National Guard to deal with what he has described as “one of the worst and most devastating” floods in the territory’s history.
This is the second natural disaster to hit Kentucky in less than eight months after, in December, a series of tornadoes took the lives of more than 80 people in the west of the state. United States President Joe Biden announced on Friday the declaration of the territory as “major disaster” zone to confirm the help that the federal government will give to the state government to deal with these floods, the White House said in a statement.