Climate & Environment

USA: At least six people killed by Hurricane Laura, 1.5 million are fleeing

Following the passage of Hurricane Laura, the number of fatalities in the southern United States rose to at least six. Four of them were killed by fallen trees, the governor of the state of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, announced on Thursday. Edwards expressed fears that more casualties may be found during the search and rescue operations. Overall, however, the governor was relieved that the storm had hit his state less badly than feared.

"We have a lot to be grateful for," Edwards said in a press conference. The damage caused by Laura had not reached the "absolutely catastrophic" extent that had been expected based on the meteorologists' forecasts. Nevertheless, the damage was considerable. Thousands of Louisiana residents are affected.

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