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President Obama comforts flood-stricken families

President Barack Obama surveys the damage with one family in the neighbourhood of Zachary. Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge neighbourhood, hugging and comforting families affected by some of the worst ever floods recorded in Louisiana.

More than 2.5ft of rain fell on parts of the state in the worst American disaster since 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

Obama promised residents that they were not alone. Credit: Reuters

"What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, you're not alone on this, even after the TV cameras leave," President Obama told them.

At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the flooding and more than 60,000 homes have been damaged.

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