Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016

Louisiana flooding kills 13 - Worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy

Flooding triggered by continuous rainfall have claimed lives of at least 13 people in South Louisiana prompting Governor John Bel Edwards to declare the current natural disaster a "historic, unprecedented flooding event."

According to the American Red Cross, the catastrophic flood in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.

"This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million -- a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation," CNN has written quoting Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.

Fatalities are from East Baton Rouge Parish, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

President Barack Obama declared Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes as federal disaster areas.