The death toll in the southeastern United States due to Hurricane Michael has increased this Sunday, while the rescue and damage assessment continues in the cities of Mexico Beach and Panama City, Florida, the most destroyed by the cyclone.
Although there is no official figure on the victims and they have not been identified, local media report 19 dead of them, nine in Florida, six in Virginia, three in North Carolina and one in Georgia.
The cyclone made landfall as a major hurricane last Wednesday in Mexico Beach, destroyed by 75% according to its mayor, Al Cathey.
On the other hand, the governor of the state of Florida, Republican Rick Scott, who visits this city on Sunday, said that it has increased to 4,000 officers of the Florida National Guard to help in the rescue efforts.
Scott, who declared a state of emergency in 35 counties this week, traveled with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and earmark federal funds. Hurricane Michael arrived in Florida with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km / h) and a storm surge that raised sea levels by up to 14 feet (4.2 meters).
Damage assessment and victim search progresses in the southeast of the country amid blackouts in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama, where at least 460,000 families and businesses remain without electricity today, according to the website specialized.
On the other hand, entertainment company Walt Disney announced a one million dollar donation to the Florida Disaster Fund to support disaster recovery and response efforts. “All of us here at Disney have families and communities impacted by this powerful storm in our hearts,” said Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger.