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Published On: Wed, Oct 12th, 2016

Thousands in North Carolina diplaced by Floods from Hurricane Matthew

nsnbc : Several thousand people in North Carolina, USA, have been displaced due to floods from Hurricane Matthew. A large-scale evacuation is underway as a large part of the State has fallen into chaos and turmoil.

Lumberton, North Carolina.

Lumberton, North Carolina.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory told the press that certain parts of the state are going through recovery at this point in time while floods in other parts of the state are ongoing.

McCrory added that parts of North Carolina have to deal with very serious circumstances, especially along the four major rivers. The governor warned about extremely dangerous conditions in the coming days in the central and eastern parts of the state where the water-level in several rivers has risen to near-record levels.

Matthew is the most powerful and destructive Atlantic hurricane to hit the USA since 2007. The storm has so far caused 33 known death with more than half of the casualties in North Carolina.

However tragic and destructive the storm many be for North Carolina, the impact is small in comparison to the about 900 death the storm has caused in Haiti, an impoverished nation that has largely been abandoned by the “international community” following a devastating earthquake some years ago, followed by a cholera epidemic cholera outbreak and mismanegement of aid by the UN and the IRCR. In Haiti Matthew didn’t only claim about 900 lives but leveled entire villages, and the country’s resources are stretched beyond capacity.

Back in North Carolina, the storm has dumped more than 30 cm (about 1 foot) of rain in many parts of North Carolina. It is this water that drains through the river systems that prompts the dangerous rise in water levels. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall has triggered the worst flooding in the state since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

The full extent of the disaster in North Carolina is at this point in time still unknown but it appears that thousands of homes were damaged and more were in danger of flooding. More than 2,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began in North Carolina.

Evacuation orders were widespread, and included the evacuation of nearly 800 inmates from a prison near the Neuse River. In the hard-hit town of Lumberton, along the swollen Lumber River, sporadic looting was reported, and a state trooper had fatally shot a man in Lumberton on Monday night after what police described as a confrontation. Large parts of Fayetteville are under water.

Police and authorities releasede few details about the incident. “All we know is there was a confrontation and a shooting that has resulted in a man’s death in very, very difficult circumstances,” said governor McCrory.

The North Carolina governor also asked people not to ignore evacuation orders, saying it was “unacceptable” that about 50 or 60 people were resisting demands that they leave a part of Moore County where a dam was at risk of failing. President Barack Obama, for his part, has signed a disaster declaration for North Carolina, making federal funding available to individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The disaster declaration will provide assistance to affected residents in 10 North Carolina counties. The flooding has already extended to South Carolina, where 150 people had to be rescued Monday from the town of Nichols, downstream from Lumberton. About 532,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the U.S. Southeast on Tuesday, down from the peak of around 2.2 million Sunday morning when the storm was still battering the Carolina coasts.

F/AK – nsnbc 12.10.2016

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