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Eight killed as flooding hits Kentucky, nearby states in U.S.

More than 25,000 homes and businesses were without power and a state of emergency declared in all of Kentucky.

• July 29, 2022
Flooding in Kentucky
Flooding in Kentucky [Photo Credit :Reuters]

At least eight people were killed in Kentucky after heavy rain-caused flooding hit the eastern part of the U.S. state.

The flooding also left more than 25,000 homes and businesses without power as of Thursday afternoon, local media quoted Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear as saying on Friday.

Mr Beshear has declared a state of emergency in all of Kentucky, and called on the National Guard to assist in the hardest-hit parts.

He also requested the federal government to provide aid to eastern Kentucky.

“The damage suffered is enormous, and recovery will be a long-term effort. This assistance is critical to our efforts and essential for our people,” Mr Beshear tweeted on Thursday night.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice also declared a state of emergency in six counties.

More than six inches of rain fell overnight heading into Thursday morning, leaving streets underwater, local media reported Thursday.

The National Weather Service has warned that heavy rains and flooding could continue throughout the weekend in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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