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132 die, 156 people still missing after Tornado

05-28-2011 12:31 BJT

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The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

Relief teams continue to search for the missing in Joplin.

People leading the search say it's impossible to get an exact number because many left the area and have not been in contact with their relatives.

Andrea Spillers, Missouri Department of Safety, said, "At the outset of our effort, we had 232 official reports of unaccounted for individuals. Since the release of that information yesterday, we have had 90 credible reports of individuals on that list as alive and located."

Identification of the victims has been slow after a woman misidentified one as her son. At least 19 bodies have been released to families and relatives. A large federal forensics team has been at work to collect DNA samples. They also take fingerprints and look for distinguishing features such as tattoos and body piercings.

 

 

The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

Don Bloom, Federal Mortuary Response Team,s said, "We have to be a hundred percent accurate, so as much pressure is to put on as to speed up the process, the process has to take its time."

This is the deadliest single tornado in the US in more than 60 years. At least 300 businesses and four thousand jobs have been affected. But signs of recovery are slowly begin to appear. President Barack Obama plans to visit the town on Sunday for a community memorial service.

The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

The death toll from last Sunday's tornado in the US state of Missouri has reached 132, and over 150 people are still unaccounted for. The twister has injured more than 900 people and wrecked as much as a third of the city of Joplin, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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