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More than 90 workers ‘a Kentucky candle factory have been found alive amid initially fears they perished after their workplace was completely destroyed by a tornado, raising hopes the disaster toll may be less heavy than expected.
From 110 people who worked at the plant, eight were confirmed dead and eight were missing, Bob Ferguson, a spokesperson for plant owner Mayfield Consumer Products, told multiple media outlets. Referring to the initial reports which suggested that up to 70 people may have died in the factory, the spokesperson said: “We thank God that this number turns out. be b much, much less ”. He also added that the teams Rescue workers were still looking for the eight people who are still missing. Earlier today on Sunday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the death toll from devastating tornadoes in his state is currently estimated at 80 and that it would certainly exceed 90, but that it was based on the suspicion of a much higher number of victims in the factory. It is not yet clear what the impact of the latest findings will be on estimates of the death toll in Kentucky, but it is likely that this figure will be revised downwards.
During a press conference on Sunday Tonight, Andy Beshear said, “We continue to get information on the candle factory. The owner has been contacted and believes he has different information. We are trying to verify them. If so, the situation may improve and it may be the miracle we were hoping for. ”
On Sunday night, President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Kentucky, opening the door to a additional federal assistance and support for the state. Joe Biden’s statement was made following an official request from Andy Beshear. Federal assistance will be provided to those affected in Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren counties.
Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Siladitya Ray
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