Hurricane Laura death toll climbs to 14 in the US

# 09:10
29 August 2020

Fourteen people are now confirmed dead in the United States after Hurricane Laura battered southern states, APA reports quoting BBC.

Ten of the victims were in Louisiana and four in Texas.

Winds of up to 150mph (240km/h) caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has asked the federal government for immediate financial assistance in dealing with the fallout.

President Donald Trump will travel to the two states on Saturday to meet with people affected by the hurricane, the White House said.

Laura has now been downgraded to tropical storm status, but heavy rain is still falling on several states.

In Haiti, which was earlier badly hit by storms Marco and Laura, at least 31 people are now reported to have died.