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Deadly Tornadoes in US
Devastating tornadoes and storms hit several US states demolishing homes, levelling buissnesses, and leaving dozens dead. Kentucky suffered the most - the death toll there could exceed 100, the governor said. US President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Kentucky.

President Biden Approves Tennessee, Illinois Emergency Declarations After Deadly Tornadoes

© REUTERS / Drone BaseThe site of a roof collapse at an Amazon.com distribution centre a day after a series of tornadoes dealt a blow to several U.S. states, in Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S. December 11, 2021
The site of a roof collapse at an Amazon.com distribution centre a day after a series of tornadoes dealt a blow to several U.S. states, in Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S. December 11, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.12.2021
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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.
Aerial view of a candle factory after a tornado tore through, in Mayfield, Kentucky, U.S., December 11, 2021, in this still image taken from a video. Video taken with a drone. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.12.2021
Deadly Tornadoes in US
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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.
© Sputnik / Artur GabdrakhmanovView of buildings, trees ravaged by a tornado in Kentucky, US
View of buildings, trees ravaged by a tornado in Kentucky, US - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.12.2021
View of buildings, trees ravaged by a tornado in Kentucky, US
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.
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