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North Carolina estimates $1.5 billion in hurricane damage to more than 100,000 buildings

The death toll from Hurricane Matthew stands at 26 in North Carolina, with two more bodies recovered on Saturday as some flood waters receded. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters North Carolina, United States Oct 17, 2016, 03.08 AM (IST)

North Carolina emergency officials estimate that flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion worth of damage to more than 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in the state, international news agency Reuters reported today. 

 

The Department of Public Safety said in a release on Saturday that more than 33,000 applications for individual assistance to the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) have been filed and $12.4 million has been approved. The state officials said they were still surveying the damage left behind by the storm. 

 

Hurricane Matthew has killed more than 20 people in North Carolina, with two more bodies recovered on Saturday as some flood waters receded. 

 

On Sunday, North Carolina's public safety department predicted that all rivers would be below flood levels by October 24, though there was still major flooding in several areas, reported Reuters.

 

The deadly storm has left a trail of destruction from Haiti to North Carolina, which is nearly 2,000 km away. In Haiti, it has claimed some 1,000 lives. 

 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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