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Clean up efforts continue in US tornado zone

03-05-2012 14:07 BJT

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US officials said on Sunday they soon hope to allow more volunteers into the southern Indiana towns hit hardest by devastating tornadoes that killed almost forty people in five US states. Rescuers are going door-to-door in rural areas to rule out the possibility greater casualties.

A volunteer coordination center is due to open on Monday in nearby Jeffersonville, where those who want to help out are being asked to register to be assigned tasks.

Douglas Osman sorts through debris from the home of his grandmother, Mary Osman, who was
killed after a tornado touched down in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Some 2,800 homes and businesses were still without power on Sunday as utility crews continue to replace power lines and trim trees damaged in the storm.

A power company spokesman said it could take a week to rebuild the power infrastructure. The storms struck the states of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

A resident searches through the remains of his home in Marysville, Indiana. Residents of
Midwestern states mourned their dead Sunday after a string of killer tornadoes tore
through the US heartland, killing at least 38 people, injuring hundreds and virtually
wiping out entire communities.

A car sits under a collapsed section of the Henryville school after a tornado ripped
through the town on March 3 in Henryville, Indiana.

A man sifts through debris in Harrisburg, Illinois. Residents of stricken towns across
six Midwestern and southern US states picked through the debris Thursday in the aftermath
of a string of destructive tornadoes that left 13 people dead.

Emma Feys steps over a wire as she salvages pots and pans for a neighbor, after a
tornado in Harveyville, Kansas February 29, 2012.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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