JOPLIN, MO (May 25, 2011) – The deadliest single twister in the US since 1947 hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday. ICNA Relief’s disaster response team begins distributing truck load of basic supplies to the victims.
123 people have been confirmed dead and 750 injured, while many more missing. The high-velocity whirl of wind also destroyed about 2,000 buildings.
ICNA Relief has established a point of distribution at the local Islamic center which was not hit by the tornado.
Rescuers in Joplin vowed to work as long as possible through the night searching for survivors. “There is always hope that you will find someone alive,” said Dan Crain, city spokesman.
Authorities said they were racing against the prospect of more bad weather as well as grim survival odds for anyone still trapped after the tornado uprooted trees, twisted cars into heaps of metal and destroyed homes, churches, schools and a line of restaurants and businesses. “Pretty much everybody in town knows somebody they’ve lost,” said Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor. It was the latest in a string of powerful storms this spring that have killed more than 300 people and caused more than $2bn in property damage across the US.
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