UPLOAD FOR INTERNATIONAL
The White House in a statement on Tuesday said President Joe Biden has approved federal funding for the southern US state of Tennessee after devastating floods during the weekend left no fewer than 21 people dead and 50 others are missing.
Tennessee was hit Saturday by what meteorologists called historic storms and flooding, dumping as much as 17 inches (38 centimeters) of rain.
Rural roads, state highways, bridges and hundreds of homes were washed out and widespread power outages affected thousands of people.
The move makes federal funding available to people affected in Humphreys County, where the downpour on Saturday broke a 24-hour rainfall record for Tennessee, the National Weather Service said.
Help for residents includes “grants for temporary housing and home repairs”, as well as “low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses”, the White House said.
Scientists say climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rain around the world, because a warmer atmosphere holds more water.