Thousands stranded following deadly South Carolina storms

A week of steady rain in the US state of South Carolina has left thousands without drinking water and devastated infrastructure. Officials say the state is in the grip of a full-scale disaster.

The death toll from record floods in the US state of South Carolina jumped to 10 on Monday, as tens of thousands of people remain in the grips in one of the worst storms on record. Two more fatalities were reported in neighboring North Carolina.

The 16.6 inches (42.16 centimeters) of rain that fell in downtown Columbia on Sunday made for one of the rainiest days recorded at a US weather station in more than 16 years.

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Some towns remain entirely cut off. About 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Columbia, all four roads leading into the town of Manning were closed isolating thousands of people.

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