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09 May 2011 10:33
Barack Obama has declared an emergency for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky due to flooding (AP)
US President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration order for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky following widespread flooding in the states.
The move allows Federal Emergency Management Agency and other departments to co-ordinate disaster relief efforts in the states that have been ravaged by floods and tornadoes over the past two weeks, the White House said.
Major flooding has hit many regions, damaging the infrastructure and affecting the road network.
The events highlight the importance of taking out comprehensive
travel insurance before going abroad.
With the emergency declaration, the counties of Dyer, Lake, Shelby and Stewart in the state of Tennessee have been given disaster status.
In Mississippi, the declaration covers counties of Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Issaquena, Jefferson, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Wilkinson.
Kentucky governor Steve Beshear said that parts of his state have also been declared as disaster areas, but did not specify the counties covered by the declaration.
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.