[IN IMAGES] Kentucky flood death toll rises to 15 and could double

[IN PICTURES] Kentucky flood death toll rises to 15 and could double

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The death toll from the devastating floods in Kentucky has risen to 15 and is expected to double again, the governor of this US state said on Friday.

“It is appalling. The number of Kentucky residents we have lost now stands at 15, and is expected to at least double again,” Andy Beshear told CNN television.

The toll, which was previously of eight dead, “will also include children,” added the elected Democrat.

All the emergency services, including the National Guard, the police and reinforcements from neighboring states, are mobilized to come to the rescue. helping victims of the “worst flooding in Kentucky's history,” he said.

Torrential rains battered the eastern part of this rural state overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, turning some roads into rivers and forcing residents to take shelter on the roofs of their homes while waiting for help.

< p>About 50 air rescues and hundreds of boat rescues have already taken place, according to Beshear.

“But there is so much water, the currents are so strong that we cannot reach everyone,” added the elected Democrat, who hopes to see the federal government pronounce a declaration of natural disaster during the day.

The rains are expected to continue until Friday evening, and the flood alert has been maintained.

As the planet warms caused by human activities, the atmosphere contains more water vapor, increasing the risk of episodes of heavy rainfall, according to scientists. These rains, combined with other factors related in particular to land use planning, promote flooding.