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The number of flood victims in the U.S. has doubled

The death toll from the flooding in the U.S. state of Tennessee, the last day has doubled — at least 21 people became victims of the elements. This was reported Monday, August 23, reports The Wall Street Journal with reference to local authorities.

Another 45 people are currently missing. Search and rescue operations are still continuing in the region. Earlier it was reported 10 were dead and 40 were missings.

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the rapid rise in the state's rivers began Saturday, August 21, when rains pounded the region for six hours. As a result, more than 10 thousand houses and enterprises remained without electricity, also in region bridges and roads which have appeared damaged as a result of flooding have been blocked. It is specified that Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys counties, as well as the city of Waverly, were hardest hit by the elements.

As noted by The Wall Street Journal, last weekend bad weather also covered other regions of the United States. Several states — Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts — were hit by the elements due to Hurricane Henry. Despite the fact that approaching the East Coast of the country, “Henry” weakened to a tropical storm, he brought with him heavy rains, which, as local authorities fear, can lead to flooding.

In total about 75,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity in Rhode Island due to the strong winds, another 20,000 buildings were de-energized in Connecticut and 6,800 in Massachusetts. Authorities and emergency services of the regions prepared for further deterioration of the situation. A state of emergency was declared in Connecticut, and local residents were advised to remain in shelters.

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