Relief operations begin in Florida after Irma wreaks devastation
Sept 11, Washington DC: As Hurricane Irma weakens and moves upstate,search and rescue teams in Florida are due to swing into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Irma.
The emergency manager in Monroe County, which includes the Keys, has warned of a looming "humanitarian crisis", as over 3.4 million homes in Florida have no power, after the lines came down in 80% of Miami alone and large areas of the city were flooded.
President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration and emergency federal aid for Florida, describing the hurricane as a "big monster".Funds will be needed to care for victims, clean up debris, restore power, and repair damage to homes and businesses.
Martin Senterfitt, emergency management director for Monroe (population 73,000), said a huge airborne relief mission mounted by the Air Force and Air National Guard was in the works, the Miami Herald reports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott continued to tweet storm warnings early on Monday. "As little as six inches [0.1m] of moving water can knock you down," he said in one message. "Stay inside. Stay safe."
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