Thursday, June 8, 2023

Joe Biden declares Mississippi a major disaster area after tornado kills 25

According to emergency services, there have been 25 deaths so far in Mississippi. Photo: composite LR/AFP

US President Joe Biden declared this Sunday “a great disaster” in the area of ​​counties affected by the tornadoes that occurred in the state of Mississippi (Southern States) last Friday, which killed at least 25 people.

Biden thus made federal funds to those in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe and Sharkey counties, the hardest hit, where there was devastation that destroyed entire towns and infrastructure, in addition to leaving thousands of people homeless.

The National Weather Service warned there was a high risk of severe storms Sunday in parts of eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama, where there was also one death.

The forecast indicates that the biggest threat will be hail, although it does not rule out the possibility of strong winds and tornadoes, however, according to the Mississippi Weather Service, tornadoes are not expected to occur in the same area, but rather could happen. in the southern part of the city.

Biden ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts with the announcement, with help that may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured losses, and other programs to help people and homeowners. the effects of the disaster.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the agency designated to coordinate federal recovery operations in affected areas, Biden explained, while damage assessment efforts continue in other areas and several provinces remain in aid of recipients with complete assistance.

The governor of Mississippi, Republican Tate Reeves, who visited the affected area this Saturday and declared a natural disaster, thanked Biden today for the federal assistance and for “recognizing the scale of the damage” and “quickly approving our declaration of disaster”.

According to the latest update from the state emergency services (MSEMA), 25 deaths have occurred in Mississippi so far and dozens of injuries from the “severe deadly tornadoes” that swept through the night on Friday.

The Mississippi Department of Public Health announced today that donations are being accepted and items such as bottled water, canned food and paper products are greatly appreciated.

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