Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura death toll climbs to 14 in the US

Fourteen people are now confirmed dead in the United States after Hurricane Laura battered southern states.Ten of the victims were in Louisiana and four in Texas.

Winds of up to 150mph (240km/h) caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has asked the federal government for immediate financial assistance in dealing with the fallout, BBC reported.

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