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Kentucky flood death toll hits 28 with more bodies expected

The death toll is expected to rise even further

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Kentucky: Kentucky’s governor predicted bodies will continue to be found “for weeks” as the death toll from devastating flooding rose Sunday to 28 and rescuers embarked on a long and grueling effort to locate victims.

Some areas in the mountainous region are still inaccessible following the flooding in the state’s east that turned roads into rivers, washed out bridges and swept away houses. Off-and-on rain plus poor cell phone service are also complicating rescue efforts.

“This is one of the most devastating, deadly floods that we have seen in our history… And at a time that we’re trying to dig out, it’s raining,” Governor Andy Beshear told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We’re going to work to go door to door, work to find, again, as many people as we can. We’re even going to work through the rain. But the weather is complicating it.”

The number of dead in the flooding, caused by torrential rain that began on Wednesday, is expected to rise even further.

“We’re going to be finding bodies for weeks, many of them swept hundreds of yards, maybe a quarter mile-plus from where they were lost,” Beshear said on “Meet the Press.”

The governor toured flooded areas and made stops in three counties on Sunday. Across the rain-soaked portions of the state, more than 350 people are living temporarily in shelters, he said.

In the town of Jackson, the seat of hard-hit Breathitt County, state, local and federal rescue teams and aid workers fanned out.

Some were distributing water bottles to those in need. A boat marked “FEMA Rescue 4” sat on a trailer, indicating the presence of federal emergency crews.

Receding floodwaters had left a thick coating of dust on the streets as dark clouds presaged more rain ahead.

Some 35 miles (55 kilometers) south in the tiny community of Buckhorn, volunteers at a distribution center told AFP that 700 to 800 people had come through on Sunday alone to collect donated supplies ranging from food to paper towels and toiletries.

The floods hit a region of Kentucky that was already suffering from grinding poverty – driven by the decline of the coal industry that was the heart of its economy – taking everything from people who could least afford it.

“It wiped out areas where people didn’t have that much to begin with,” Beshear said.

Nearly 60 people were killed in western Kentucky by a tornado in December 2021 -- a disaster that Beshear said offered lessons for current efforts on the other end of the state.

"We learned a lot of lessons in western Kentucky on those devastating tornados about seven months ago, so we are providing as much support as we can and we are moving fast from all over the state to help out," he said.

President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the Kentucky flooding, allowing federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

SOURCE: AFP

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PM Shehbaz Sharif grieved over losses; seeks report on flood-hit areas of Balochistan

The prime minister also directed the concerned authorities to expedite the rescue and relief operations

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PM Shehbaz Sharif grieved over losses; seeks report on flood-hit areas of Balochistan

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the human and financial losses caused by recent flash floods in Qila Abdullah after another heavy monsoon rainy spell lashed Balochistan province.

Seeking an immediate report on the affected areas, the prime minister also directed the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities to expedite the rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit areas.

A directive was also issued for the submission of a complete report regarding breaches in two dams and the subsequent damages caused by flood water.

The prime minister is soon expected to visit the flood-affected areas of Qila Abdullah.

The prime minister also desired that people trapped in floods should be shifted immediately to the safer areas, besides ensuring arrangements for food and tents for the affectees.

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Independence Day: PM Shehbaz reiterates his call for 'charter of economy'

Says the government has committed itself to taking the country on the path of economic independence

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday offered charter of economy to all political parties for the sake of national unity.

In a televised address to the nation on the eve of August 14, he said the time had come for Pakistan to head in the right direction.

"It's the need of time that we as a nation continue our course in the right direction and don’t allow national interest to be sacrificed at the altar of personal ego and stubbornness.”

Sharif said the government had committed itself to taking the country on the path of economic independence, adding that a “conception of freedom” without the former was impossible.

PM Shehbaz credited the government’s economic policies, such as clamping down on unnecessary imports, for the rupee’s continuous appreciation against the US dollar.

“By adopting austerity, we will depend on our own resources like self-independent nations.”

The prime minister said the government had “worked hard day and night” to take the country out of the current economic crisis in a short time, because of which the country was saved from financial default.

PM Shehbaz blamed the PTI government’s economic policies and decisions for much of the country’s woes, adding that it left the country’s biggest trade deficit in history for which loans had to be taken from allied nations and international financial institutions. “Is this real freedom?”

On the country celebrating 75 years of independence, the prime minister paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for Pakistan’s establishment and congratulated every Pakistani around the world.

However, he said the “reality” was that the people had only celebrated independence day in name for the last 75 years, instead of adopting its “real aims”.

“That is why my heart is distressed. We must openly admit that we couldn’t give our children that of which they were rightfully deserving.”

He questioned why the nation was still in search of a destination and subject to various crises, foremost being the economic crisis.

In the beginning of his address, the prime minister congratulated the nation on completing 75 years as an independent nation.

He said that the people celebrate Independence Day, Pakistan Day, Quaid-e-Azam Day, and Iqbal Day but the "truth" is, in the last 75 years, the nation has only only celebrated these days but not acknowledged the founding father's purpose.

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13 Chinese air force planes crossed Taiwan Strait median line: Taiwan

China's navy and air force have been extensively engaged after the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit

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13 Chinese air force planes crossed Taiwan Strait median line: Taiwan

Thirteen Chinese air force planes crossed the Taiwan Strait's median line on Saturday, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said, as Beijing continues its military activities close to the Chinese-claimed island.

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