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US left reeling after horror stretch of wild, deadly weather

Wildfires in the west and catastrophic flooding in Kentucky have wreaked havoc and claimed dozens of lives in the US during the past week.

August 5, 2022
5 August 2022

The White House has pledged more than an $1 billion in aid for states devastated by flooding and extreme heat during the past week.

The US summer has been one of climate extremes.

Here’s a visual examination of some of the impact:

A car drives over a bridge in Eastern Kentucky surrounded by flood debris. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)
Flames from the Elmo Fire burn around Dayton, Montana, on the western shore of Flathead Lake. (Hunter D’Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)
A local walks past her home as fire rages above in Klamath National Forest. (Noah Berger/ AP)
Buildings and roads are flooded near Lost Creek, during what Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear labelled some of the worst flooding in state history (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
Flooded Appalshop building in downtown Whitesburg, causing extensive damage to the renowned repository of Appalachian history and culture. (Appalshop via AP)
A scorched pickup truck rests on California Highway 96 in Klamath National Forest (Noah Berger / AP Photor)
A horse grazes as the McKinney Fire burns in the background (Noah Berger / AP Photo)
Historic rains flooded eastern Kentucky, covering homes and cars and resulting in multiple deaths (Michael Clevenger / Courier Journal via AP)
Paddling along flooded Wolverine Road in Breathitt County (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
Firefighters and sheriff deputies battling a wheat fire north of Walla Walla, Washington (Greg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
The Elmo Fire burns near Elmo and Dayton, Montana (Hunter D’Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)
The river is still high around homes in Breathitt County while a layer of mud from retreating waters covers cars and homes (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)
An aircraft dumps water on the edge of the Elmo Fire burning on the western shore of Flathead Lake, Montana (Hunter D’Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)
Volunteers and city workers try to reconnect the water supply to a nursing home in Elkhorn City after a pipe washed away (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
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