Saturday 20 January 2018

Death toll from US tornadoes set to rise

The death toll from weekend storms that claimed 12 lives in the US could rise as emergency workers search for missing residents, Oklahoma's governor has warned after touring devastated areas.

Nine people, including two children, died in Oklahoma as a result of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

Flash floods in Arkansas had killed three earlier that day, including a sheriff attempting a water rescue.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin warned yesterday that more victims are likely to be found by emergency services.

She said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has 600 workers assessing damage and working with state and local officials to prepare for recovery.

Mrs Fallin did not say how many people are believed to be missing, but she noted crews are searching flooded areas. She also said 115 people were injured.

Irish Independent

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