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26 June 2016

Watch: Twenty people die in US floods

At least 20 people, including an eight-year-old boy and a toddler, have died in flooding in West Virginia, according to state officials.

Heavy storms and flooding have caused widespread damage throughout the state, said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties.

Rescue efforts were under way for about 500 people trapped in a shopping centre while officials continued to search for others stranded in devastated areas.

The flooding has destroyed more than 100 homes and knocked out power for thousands after a storm system dumped nine inches of rain on parts of the state.

 

A resident sorts through debris as the cleanup begins from severe flooding in West Virginia on 24 JuneImage copyrightAP
Image captionGovernor Tomblin said destruction was widespread across the state
Jimmy Scott gets a hug from Anna May Watson, left, as they clean up from severe flooding in West Virginia.Image copyrightAP
Image captionAt least 20 people have died in the flooding
Mark Bowes, of White Sulphur Springs W. Va., makes his way to the road as he cleans up from severe flooding.Image copyrightAP
Image captionA state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties

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