Death Toll in Kentucky Floods Rises to 25-Governor

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least 25 people, including four children, have died in floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky, and more fatalities are expected, the state’s governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday.

Heavy rains of 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) pounded the region from Wednesday into Thursday, sweeping through homes, washing out roads and pushing rivers over their banks. While the region’s steep hillsides and narrow valleys make it prone to flooding, experts are also blaming climate change.

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Kentucky on Friday, allowing federal funding to be allocated to the state.

(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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