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(Natural News) President Joe Biden’s administration approved an emergency declaration over a water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, ordering federal assistance to supplement state response on Tuesday, August 30.

The White House statement said emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding for 90 days. The administration also authorized the Department of Homeland Security‘s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Jackson has been grappling with multiple water issues in the last week, with too much water on the ground due to heavy rainfalls and flooding, and not having enough safe water to drink as a treatment plant broke down.

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Mississippi activated its National Guard to help distribute water to tens of thousands of Jackson residents after a treatment plant broke down, leaving most of the state capital without safe running water that could go on for days.

Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency for Jackson and surrounding communities, warning the area’s 180,000 population to avoid drinking tap water.

The breakdown occurred on Monday, August 29, when floodwaters seeped into the O.B. Curtis treatment plant. An emergency team had the plant working at 40 percent capacity on Tuesday, according to the state’s health officer, Jim Craig.

The shutdown created havoc for businesses and public schools, affecting nearly 21,000 students who were forced to move classes online. Officials said they could not estimate how many homes were cut off.

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