According to local officials, the water rose so fast that people did not have time to take shelter.
In the United States, “catastrophic” floods in Tennessee have killed at least 21 people, the authorities of this South American state reported Sunday, August 22, and dozens of people remain wanted, according to several local media. A previous assessment reported 16 deaths.
Twenty people died in the town of Waverly, Humphreys County, said the local police chief at a press conference. A 21st person was found dead in a rural area, according to the same source, according to which the balance is likely to get worse.
Government willing to “offer help”
“Between 22 and 43 cm of rain fell on this area during a 6-hour period on Saturday morning,” said the State Emergency Management Agency. According to local officials, the water rose so fast that people did not have time to take shelter.
At a press conference on Sunday, US President Joe Biden expressed “his deepest condolences” and said the government was standing “ready to offer its help”.