|Published : 01 Dec 2016, 12:25:54|
Tennessee wildfire claims lives of seven
The death toll from the wildfires raging in several southern US states has risen to seven as search-and-rescue operations continue, the BBC reports on Thursday.
The resort cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee have suffered the majority of the damage.
More than four dozen people have been injured by the fire, and hundreds of buildings burned to their foundations.
Authorities say the fire is about 10 per cent contained and "could still rear its head".
Over 14,000 people have been evacuated, and schools across the region have been closed.
As the flames die down in some areas, other risks to firefighters are becoming a greater threat, Gatlinburg's fire chief says.
"A new challenge that the weather is creating for us after the fire is we are experiencing some small mudslides and rock slides because there's no longer that foliage that's holding everything together," Chief Greg Miller said at a press conference.
Police raised the death toll to seven on Wednesday afternoon after discovering three more bodies.
They did not provide any details regarding the circumstances of the deaths.