US state of West Virginia is facing troubling time as a sudden massive floods have claimed atleast 23 lives including a eight year-old boy, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said on Friday.
A state of emergency has already been declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties.Tomblin labelled the flood as “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state,” that damage is widespread and devastating. The death toll could rise further, Xinhua reported. Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a bridge connecting the shopping centre to a main road collapsed and washed away due to deadly floods and endangered 500 lives of employees and customers. However the search operation is underway to save them. Meanwhile, the West Virginia governor said that the search and rescue operations were a top priority.
Areas of West Virginia has witnessed 8 to 10 inches of rain in six to eight hours , said the National Weather Service, naming it a “one-in-a-thousand-year event”.