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National Emergency Declared as Over 73,000 Trapped at Burning Man Festival Amid Flooding Crisis

BLACK ROCK CITY, NV, Sept. 2, 2023 — A national emergency has been declared at the annual Burning Man festival, following heavy overnight rain that transformed the dry desert terrain into an undrivable mud pit. Currently, more than 73,000 attendees are trapped with no access in or out of the festival grounds. Organizers have urged those present to shelter in place and conserve food and water, given the dire circumstances. The festival is officially closed, and any individuals en route are being advised to turn back. The flooding crisis has effectively isolated the festival, leaving tens of thousands stranded as they await further instructions.

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