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Why are you ignoring the historic floods in Louisiana?

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The devastation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (cizauskas/Flickr)

At least 13 people are dead and tens of thousands of people have been affected by the historic floods in southern Louisiana that the Red Cross is calling the worst disaster in the country since Hurricane Sandy.

"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."

More than 20,000 people have been rescued, plus about 1,000 pets. It all happened suddenly when the rain just ... refused to stop.

In a part of Livingston Parish, more than 31 inches of rain fell in 15 hours. In one week, between August 8th and 14th, the entire state received 6.9 trillion gallons of rain. This is enough water to fill 10.4 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

People are really upset about the government's response. The state's leading newspaper, The Advocate, asked President Obama to cut his Martha's Vineyard vacation short.

"And if the president can interrupt his vacation for a swanky fundraiser for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, as he did on Monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a catastrophe that’s displaced thousands."

Presidential candidates have also not mentioned the state at all, other than a lone tweet by Clinton's campaign.

Donald Trump hasn't responded at all.

The White House has declared several parishes a disaster zone and asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in the response and recovery. US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also visited the state to analyze the situation.

This is what the state is going through right now.

And here's what you can do to help:

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Why are you ignoring the historic floods in Louisiana?

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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