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Storm hit U.S. town declares curfew after looting reports

04-29-2011 13:54 BJT

BIRMINGHAM, United States, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The mayor of the worst hit town in the storm devastated U.S. state of Alabama on Thursday imposed a curfew as looting was reported.

Mayor Walter Maddox of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has imposed a curfew for Thursday from 10 pm until 6 am. A curfew is also imposed for Friday, April 29th from 8 pm until 6 am.

Beginning Thursday night, the Police Department and the Alabama National Guard enforced a curfew for the areas affected by the tornado.

Violating the curfew is a misdemeanor offense.

With 37 confirmed deaths and people still missing, Tuscaloosa is the worst hit town in the Tornado that struck Wednsday, and looting has already started in the area, with reports of looting starting shortly after dark Wednesday night.

The death toll from the catastrophic storms and tornados that swept through the southern United States has risen to around 300, with over 200 confirmed fatalities in the state of Alabama alone, the latest tally showed late Thursday.

 

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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