State of major disaster declared in California

US President Joe Biden has declared a state of major disaster in California, which has been facing winter storms since December 26 that have caused severe flooding and killed at least 19 people.

This declaration will allow the release of federal aid in addition to the efforts already made by the State and the communities affected by the floods, landslides and mudslides, according to media reports.

From Sunday evening, this western American state is preparing to receive what could be a last deluge of rain and snow, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Residents of part of central and southern California should brace for heavy rainfall and snow, with the risk of flooding and mudslides in an area saturated after three weeks of storms, said the NWS.

The latest round of rainfall is expected to hit the mountain ranges north of Los Angeles and east of San Diego the hardest, with a drop of 2 to 4 inches of rain from late Sunday through Monday, according to the same source. .

California is used to extreme weather conditions, and winter storms are common. Such a sequence is however unusual, according to experts.

While it is difficult to establish a direct link between these series of storms and climate change, scientists regularly explain that warming increases the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

However, the torrential rains of the past few weeks will not be enough to end the drought that has hit this American state hard for two decades, according to specialists.

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