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Oklahoma picks up the pieces after tornado

Caitlin McBride in Oklahoma

Published 22/05/2013|07:59

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MOORE, OK - MAY 21:  Curtis Cook recovers his high school football photo from the rubble of his family's house after a powerful tornado ripped through the area destroying his home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The photo was also recovered after his parent's home was destroyed is a in a tornado in 1999. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Curtis Cook recovers his high school football photo from the rubble of his family's house after a powerful tornado ripped through the area destroying his home
MOORE, OK - MAY 21:  An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)  *** BESTPIX ***
An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. T
MOORE, OK - MAY 21: Two dogs sit on a table surrounded by rubble while residents search for valuables after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  *** BESTPIX ***
Two dogs sit on a table surrounded by rubble while residents search for valuables after a powerful tornado ripped through the area

The city of Moore is recovering from one of the most devastating tornadoes in American history, just 14 years after another super storm ravaged the town.

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The suburb of Oklahoma City, with a population of 41,000 people, is all too familiar with tragedy as they once again try to piece together their lives after a dramatic tornado tore through their town on Sunday, leaving 24 dead, nine of whom were children.

Seven of the children who have been confirmed dead were all students at the same school, and are believed to be under the age of 10. While residents try to once again sew their lives back together, they are also faced with the heartbreak of having to plan funeral services for their loved ones.

Many of the bodies found have been positively identified and are being returned to their families. More than 70 children have been treated for various injuries, and hospitals are treating approximately 200 patients.

Authorities are confident that they have discovered all of the victims, however they are still frantically searching for any more people who may be trapped under the rubble.

The suburb of Moore is in ruin. At least 38,000 are still without power, mobile service is limited, although providers have erected temporary towers so loved ones can be reached.

 

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