PAYSON - The nine people who died in a sudden floodwave in an American canyon died in a single family from Phoenix. That reports US media. One person is still missing.
The family celebrated a birthday on the banks and in the water of the East Further River in Arizona when the fate struck. A wall of water, the result of a fracture of clouds a few kilometers away, interfered with the relatives.
According to relatives, fourteen family members gathered at the time of the floodwave for the party. The victims are between 2 and 60 years old. Among the dead are five children. According to a survivor, one of the killed children was found overnight by searching relatives. The rescuers then stopped the search.
A caregiver says in the Arizona Republic that the tide was about two meters tall and 12 meters wide. The water violence slid along its way through the narrow gorge.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Photo: AP
The sheriff of Gila County received an emergency call on Saturday afternoon and organized a rescue operation. Four bodies could still be stored the same evening. Sunday afternoon, the emergency workers found three more victims killed. Four campers were found alive near the battlefield.
The National Weather Institute has announced a flood alert until Monday night for almost all of Arizona.