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21 dead, 20 missing after severe floods hit Tennessee

WASHINGTON: At least 21 people died and 20 others were reported missing after severe floods hit Humphreys County in the US state of Tennessee on August 21, authorities said.

“Today, we are trying to get a good evaluation picture,” County Sheriff Chris Davis said on Sunday.

“The ones we have missing are mainly from the area of the greatest impact of the watcher when it first came up,” Davis said, adding that “from children to elderly is what our deceased is ranging from”.

In an interview earlier on Sunday, Davis told CNN that at least five of the missing are children; on Saturday he said that two toddlers were among the dead, reports Xinhua news agency.

Waverly Department of Public Safety Director Grant Gillespie said the number of missing went down from at least 40 to at least 20 after posting a list of names on social media.

Humphreys County Schools announced classes would be cancelled this week because of the flooding.

More than 17 inches of rain was measured in McEwen on Saturday, possibly setting a new state record for 24-hour rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Nashville.

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