37 people have died in Kentucky floods as rescuers deal with further rain.


As the weather continues to deteriorate, rescuers in Kentucky are going door to house in an effort to find flood victims as they prepare for an extended, difficult search, the governor said on Sunday.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stated during a news conference on Monday that at least “hundreds” of individuals in the state are still missing five days after the floods started. As search activities go on this week, the death toll is still anticipated to increase. That will increase, he predicted. Beshear stated in a video uploaded to Twitter that further rain as well as the potential for isolated flooding and severe winds are likely until Monday afternoon. The governor urged citizens to refrain from flooded areas and take shelter on higher ground.

Following flooding that transformed roads into rivers, washed down bridges, swept away homes, and killed at least 28 people, some regions in the mountainous region are still unreachable, according to state officials. Rescue efforts are also being complicated by poor cell phone reception.

As another round of severe storms threatens to deliver more rains, high gusts, and even flash flooding to those still trying to get their footing, the death toll from Kentucky’s devastation by flooding last week increased to 37 on Monday evening.

The floods struck a region of Kentucky that was experiencing severe hardship due to the demise of the coal industry, which was the backbone of its economy, and they robbed those who could least afford it of everything. According to Beshear, “It wiped out communities where people didn’t have that much to begin with.”

More than 20 centimeters of rain were reported in several eastern Kentucky locations in a 24-hour period. Within a short period of time, the water level in the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Whitesburg increased to an astounding 6 meters, breaking its previous record of 4.5 meters.

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