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Death toll from tornado in Kentucky rises to 74, 109 officially missing

09:23, 14 December 2021
Death toll from tornado in Kentucky rises to 74, 109 officially missing Photo: pixabay.com

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has pronounced the refreshed data on the devastating storm that battered the region saying that the number of fatalities has reached 74 while 109 are still missing.

The Governor presumes that the current number of deaths is not the final and it is expected to keep growing.

“We expect that this death toll will continue to grow. With this amount of damage and rubble, it may be a week or even more before we have a final count on the number of lost lives,” he said.

It has grown by 10 since the previous pross-conference held Monday morning when the estimated number of 64 deaths was called. He also added that the number of 109 missing individuals is only an estimated number and the real number is higher.

The White House said that US President Joe Biden will visit Kentucky to survey the damage the storm had brought to the regions - the hardest-hit Mayfield and Dawson after the briefing in Ft. Campbell is received. 

Biden said on Monday that governors are informed that all the needed assistance will be provided … “whatever they need when they need.”

“That visit is really about him receiving an update of the work that’s happening on the ground, hearing directly from leaders on what they need more from the Federal Government, if anything, and he’s going to be very responsive to that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

More than a thousand homes were completely swept away by the tornadoes as nearly 26,000 were left without electricity and 10,000 homes and businesses had no water by Monday afternoon, Director of Emergency Management in Kentucky Michael Dossett said.