Louisiana flood situation worsens: Six dead, 20,000 forced to evacuate

Floods ravaged US state of Louisiana, leaving six people dead. Thousands were forced to flee as water level rose after days of rainfall.

FP Staff August 16, 2016 21:23:56 IST
Floods ravaged US state of Louisiana, leaving six people dead. Thousands were forced to flee as water level rose after days of rainfall. Photo: Reuters
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Floods ravaged US state of Louisiana, leaving six people dead. Thousands were forced to flee as water level rose after days of rainfall. Photo: Reuters
Television images showed residential areas covered in several feet of water, with cars and homes partially submerged. More than 20,000 people had to vacate their homes. Photo: Reuters
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Television images showed residential areas covered in several feet of water, with cars and homes partially submerged. More than 20,000 people had to vacate their homes. Photo: Reuters
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as National Weather Service predicted that many waterways would remain above flood stage. Photo: Reuters
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as National Weather Service predicted that many waterways would remain above flood stage. Photo: Reuters
Around 10,000 people are living in emergency shelter. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked those affected by the floods to apply for assistance. Photo: Reuters
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Around 10,000 people are living in emergency shelter. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked those affected by the floods to apply for assistance. Photo: Reuters
The Louisiana National Guard reported that its soldiers rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets by boat, helicopter, and using high-water vehicles. Photo: Reuters
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The Louisiana National Guard reported that its soldiers rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets by boat, helicopter, and using high-water vehicles. Photo: Reuters