President Joe Biden makes disaster declaration for Kentucky

US President Joe Biden has issued a major disaster declaration for Kentucky after at least 16 people, including several children, have died in the eastern part of the state since Wednesday. corresponding NBC NewsThe historic flood has left thousands of people without electricity. Biden’s statement ordered federal aid to be sent to “areas affected by severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides,” according to a White House press release.

At a news conference, Kentucky Gov. Andy Bashir could not provide an official update on the death toll, but said the death toll would be “much higher.” He also explained that the bodies of four young siblings were found after the flood swept away their parents. “It’s hard. It’s even harder for these families and communities.”

“Keep praying. A lot of people are still there, a lot of people are still missing. “We are doing our best to find them all.” As of Thursday, there were reports of nearly 50 air rescues and hundreds of rescue boats, 294 people rescued, 337 people in temporary shelters and more missing.

corresponding CNNTwenty-seven workers from Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare service, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), were lost in the flood. CEO Holly Phillips explained that most of the missing staff worked at ARH Hospital in Hazard. The site is one of their largest with 12 hospitals in Kentucky. “We pray that our employees are safe and sound,” Holly said.

In addition, all ARH hospitals have remained open during the crisis, although some staff have had to be relocated to cover unavailable staff. Our thoughts are with those affected by the Kentucky floods.

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