President Biden Approves Tennessee, Illinois Emergency Declarations After Deadly Tornadoes
04:30 GMT 14.12.2021 (Updated: 06:52 GMT 14.12.2021)
The devastating storms killed at least 88 people across the country, including 74 in Kentucky, where a federal disaster was declared.
US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in the states of Illinois and Tennessee after severe tornadoes and storms swept through the areas and ordered federal assistance to the local population.
"Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of Illinois and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes on December 10, 2021", the White House said in a statement.
A similar order was issued concerning the US state of Tennessee.
13 December 2021, 23:22 GMT
According to official statements, the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will coordinate all disaster relief efforts to help residents.
"Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency", the statement said.
Emergency measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75% federal funding, according to the statement.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has requested federal emergency assistance for nine counties that suffered the most from the tornadoes.
On Saturday, Biden approved Kentucky Emergency Declaration and ordered federal assistance to the state, where tornadoes killed at least 74 people.
The spell of tornadoes that hit the US over the weekend is believed to be one of the "largest" to have occurred in American history, leaving behind a trail of destruction and casualties. The disaster hit several US states, including Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. At least eight people died after the storms destroyed a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, and six died after an Amazon warehouse collapsed in Edwardsville, Illinois.