Monday, August 01, 2022

Kentucky Floods Death Toll rises to at least 35. Hundreds more Unaccounted


 Kentucky flooding death toll rises to 35 as governor says hundreds remain unaccounted for.

The death toll in flood-stricken Kentucky has risen to 35, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday afternoon, as rescue workers continue to comb the region for hundreds of missing people, unable to access areas left isolated after floodwater washed away bridges and inundated communities.

"More tough news," the governor said on Twitter. "We have confirmed more fatalities from the Eastern Kentucky floods. Our loss now stands at 35. Pray for these families and for those who are missing."

The death toll could still rise further, according to officials, with "hundreds of unaccounted for people" at a minimum, the governor said at a news conference. (updated)

1. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said in a press conference Monday that at least 30 people have been killed in severe flooding that struck the state last week and that hundreds more remain unaccounted for.[ NBC News]
2. Floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky killed at least 30 people, including children, Governor Andy Beshear said, as authorities worked to provide food and shelter for thousands of displaced residents.[Reuters]

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