At least 21 people were killed, and more than 50 are missing due to flooding that began on Saturday in the state of Tennessee in the eastern United States, local TV channel WKRN reports, citing authorities.
Earlier, the channel reported about 17 dead; at least 42 people were missing.
According to the Humphreys County Emergency Management Service, authorities now believe that 51 people are missing. Specialists continue to search and rescue operations.
US President Joe Biden expressed his condolences to the families in connection with the flood during an address to the nation. He also said that the administration is ready to offer any assistance that local communities need “at this terrible moment.”
Flooding in Tennessee was provoked by heavy rains that have been coming since Friday; in some cities, the daily precipitation record has been broken. The Emergency Management Agency of the state of Tennessee declared the third level of danger due to flooding and urged residents not to drive by car, avoid flooded roads.