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Biden declares an emergency after devastating tornadoes in Mississippi

The president of United States, Joe Bidenissued an emergency declaration on Sunday morning to mississippiwhich enabled federal funding for Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe and Sharkey counties, the areas most affected by a deadly tornado that hit the Mississippi Delta on Friday, one of the poorest regions of USA.

At least 25 people died and dozens more were injured in mississippi when the great storm covered several locations for an hour. A man died in Alabama after his motorhome flipped over several times.

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Search and recovery teams resumed the Herculean task of digging through the wreckage of flattened and damaged homes, commercial buildings and municipal offices on Sunday after hundreds of people were displaced.

The administrator of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was scheduled to visit the state on Sunday to assess the destruction.

FEMA Coordinating Agent John Boyle was left in charge of overseeing federal recovery operations. Biden’s emergency declaration allows federal funding to be used for recovery efforts such as temporary housing, home repairs, loans to cover losses on uninsured property and other programs for businesses and individuals, according to a statement from the White House.

The tornado flattened entire blocks, flattened homes, broke a church steeple and knocked over a municipal water tank. As recovery work began, the National Metereological Service warned of the risk of more severe weather Sunday, including gales, heavy hail and the possibility of tornadoes, in eastern Louisianasouth central Mississippi, and south central Alabama.

Based on early data, the tornado was given an initial classification of EF-4, the Jackson office of the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday night. An EF-4 tornado has maximum gusts between 265 and 320 kilometers per hour (166 to 200 miles per hour), according to the service. Jackson’s office advised that it was still gathering information on the tornado.

The tornado devastated part of the population of Rolling Fork, population 2,000, where he reduced houses to piles of rubble, flipped cars on their side and knocked over the water tank. Other areas south of USA were removing debris from other possible tornadoes. A man died in Alabama’s Morgan County, police in the region tweeted.

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He Pope Francisco offered a special prayer for the people in Mississippi”hit by a devastating tornado” during his weekly blessing on Sunday in front of the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square.

I don’t know how anyone survived“, said Rodney Porter, who lives 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Rolling Fork. Porter said he immediately drove to the scene to help after the storm hit Friday night. When he arrived, he found a “utter devastation”, and said he smelled natural gas while hearing people calling for help in the dark.

Source: Elcomercio

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