Tennessee flooding; 22 killed, dozens missing

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens more are missing following flash floods in the US state of Tennessee, BBC reported.

Rescue crews are still searching for dozens of people in rural Humphreys County, which is west of Nashville.

The record-breaking flooding began on Saturday, submerging entire roads and taking out telephone and power lines.

Emergency workers are searching door-to-door in the worst-hit areas, with rescuers also combing through the debris of homes that were washed away.

The names of the missing have been listed on a notice board at an emergency centre in Humphreys County, with relatives left fearing the worst.

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On the county’s Facebook page, people have been desperately seeking any information that could help locate their missing friends and relatives.

Thousands of people in Humphreys County have been left without power, while a reunification centre has been set up at a school. People have been asked to donate items to help those displaced. Emergency officials expect the death toll to rise in the coming days. At least 17 inches (43cm) of rain fell in Humphreys County in less than 24 hours Saturday, breaking Tennessee’s one-day record. It comes as another major weather event, Storm Henri, dumps heavy rain on the north-eastern US.