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Flooding, outages, confusion: Florida reels as Hurricane Ian death toll rises

Added 10-03-22 05:09:01pm EST - “Stories of tragedy and delay emerge as search-and-rescue teams discover survivors and fatalities” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Flooding, outages, confusion: Florida reels as Hurricane Ian death toll rises”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As Florida continues grappling with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the state’s death roll mounts and stories of tragedy and delay emerge.

Over 81 people are confirmed dead and that toll is expected to rise. Rescue crews working brutal shifts – sometimes 20 hours long – are still combing through the wreckage, and flooding continues in many parts of the state.

Florida has mobilized more than 5,200 troops from its national guard. Operating from airboats and helicopters, those troops, the US Coast Guard and local fire, police and search-and-rescue agencies have been scouring afflicted areas for survivors, though their efforts have been slowed by lack of electricity, cellphone service and infrastructure.

After cutting a swath of destruction through Cuba, Hurricane Ian made landfall in south-west Florida last Wednesday, 28 September, as a potent category 4 storm. Thousands of Floridians evacuated or sought refuge in emergency shelters.

Ian brought violent storm surges and 20in of rain, meaning many residents who thought they were safe after surviving the storm’s winds then had to face terrifying flooding.

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