Oklahoma picks up the pieces after tornado
Published 22/05/2013 | 07:59
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.
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.