US President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Mississippi on Sunday after a deadly tornado struck. At least 26 people died during this powerful tornado which swept through several regions of the state.
The declaration of a state of emergency paves the way for federal funding to provide aid to devastated areas, including the construction of temporary housing. The number of victims could increase after the rescue operations.
Rescuers continued their operations on Sunday following tornadoes and storms that swept through Mississippi and Alabama.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center warned there was a risk of damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes Sunday in parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
Early Sunday, parts of west-central Georgia reported tornado damage.