But the physical damage is enormous, of course. According to Governor Bashir, 26,000 homes and businesses in his state were without electricity. In Mayfield, almost the entire city is without electricity. Some places, such as Mayfield, have been completely wiped off the map by hurricanes.
Not surprisingly, many of these homes have collapsed and been destroyed, says American reporter Bjorn Swens of Mayfield, Kentucky. “It is not a wealthy area here. We have seen houses here often with little more than a few planks grouped together. There was really no excess of prosperity and luxury here and these people are now in a much more precarious position.”
In the meantime, much work has already begun to remove the debris. Swens concluded, “Because that’s how Americans are, they don’t let grass grow on it. But it would be a very long-term business here.”
And some mayors warn that it may take a long time before people have electricity, heating and running water again.
US President Joe Biden plans to visit the hardest-hit state on Wednesday. He doesn’t want to go early so as not to get in the way of the rescuers.
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