A video of a rescue in the middle of a flood has gone viral on social networks where it has accumulated more than 20 thousand views in just four hours. In it you can see how a man is trapped inside his vehicle that is completely submerged in a flood. Suddenly a police officer appears and breaks the car window with a baton to get the driver out before the car sinks completely. The man barely gets out through the glass of the broken window and is finally rescued.
The event, which occurred in the American city of Atlanta, was caused by the intense rains that the city suffered last Thursday. As a result, vehicles in the area were submerged and local media reported that just over five centimeters of precipitation fell in less than two hours.
For its part, the Atlanta Police Department published on its social networks that on September 14, the city experienced heavy rains and significant flooding. They also recounted the incident of the man trapped in his car. “An APD officer and an AFRD captain saved a man from a car that was partially submerged in standing water. We are proud of the actions of AFRD Captain Terrance Simon and APD Officer Rayando Bryan. Training is essential,” they wrote.
9/14/23 Atlanta experienced major rainfall & significant flooding. An APD Officer & AFRD Captain saved a man from a car that was partially submerged in standing water. We’re proud of the actions of AFRD Captain Terrance Simon & APD Officer Rayando Bryan. Training is critical. pic.twitter.com/kI0fc6Eu0u
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) September 16, 2023
Likewise, the social media profile of the Atlanta City Council published a message of gratitude to all the officials who helped in the incidents. “We thank our first responders, public safety officials, public works department, and hydrographic department for their quick and efficient actions yesterday to address flash flooding incidents in our area.”
We thank our first responders, public safety officials, @ATLPublicWorks and @ATLWatershed for their swift and efficient actions yesterday to address flash flooding incidents in our area.
🔗: https://t.co/tHdGCkxEc1 pic.twitter.com/8jrf72BNJt
— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) September 15, 2023
If in the United States the situation was desperate due to the floods in Libya, it has become catastrophic due to storm “Daniel.” The death toll after the devastating floods has risen to nearly 11,300 in the city of Derna alone, the most affected, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
OCHA said that “about a week after Storm Daniel hit northeastern Libya, unprecedented flooding left approximately 11,300 dead and 10,100 missing in Derna alone, while another 170 people have died in other parts of eastern Libya.” ».
“These numbers are expected to increase as search and rescue teams work tirelessly to find survivors,” he said in a statement, before highlighting that data from the World Organization for Migration (IOM) shows that more than 40,000 people They have been displaced.
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