WASHINGTON, 4th October, 2015 (WAM) — US President Barack Obama last night declared a state of emergency in the State of South Carolina, and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding.

The President’s action authorises the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for any required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 46 South Carolina counties, The White House said in press release.

Specifically, FEMA is authorised to identify, mobilise, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impact of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.