The number of dead after the devastating floods in the US state of Kentucky has risen to at least 37. In addition, many people in the disaster area were still missing, said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Twitter on Monday evening (local time). "We end the day with more heartbreaking news," he wrote.
More heavy rains were expected in the affected areas in the east of the state and neighboring West Virginia on Tuesday night. The National Weather Service warned of life-threatening flash floods. Governor Beshear urged people in the flooded region to seek shelter on higher ground. "Watch the weather and stay safe," he warned on Twitter.
After heavy rains, there were flash floods and landslides in Kentucky and in the neighboring states of Virginia and West Virginia in the middle of last week. Eastern Kentucky was hit hardest, with a landscape shaped by rivers such as the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Big Sandy, as well as the Appalachian mountain range.