State Officials Raise Death Total From Hurricane Laura To 17

Damaged homes can be seen in this aerial view of a neighborhood of Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 29, 2020, after the passage of Hurricane Laura. (Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

The Louisiana Department of Health says they can confirm two more deaths in the state directly related to Hurricane Laura.

The LDH said yesterday that a 36-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman, both from Beauregard Parish, are now official casualties from the storm, bringing the death total to 17.

The identities of the victims were not released because of privacy concerns, but the cause of death for both was listed as heat-related illness.

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