News / USA

At Least 14 More Killed in Latest US Tornadoes

A United States flag tied to a tree branch waves in the wind over a business building destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Search teams accompanied by cadaver dogs on Tuesday picked their way through the rubble of thousands of homes and businesses
A United States flag tied to a tree branch waves in the wind over a business building destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Search teams accompanied by cadaver dogs on Tuesday picked their way through the rubble of thousands of homes and businesses

Severe storms and tornadoes have claimed at least 14 more lives in the central United States, just two days after scores of people were killed in the state of Missouri in the deadliest tornado to hit the nation in more than 60 years.

Emergency officials reported the latest deaths in the states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas as at least three dozen more tornadoes ripped through the region Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday. The storms, accompanied by baseball-sized hail, toppled trees, crushed cars and tore apart a rural fire station.

The latest tornadoes bypassed the devastated city of Joplin, Missouri that was struck Sunday by the single deadliest tornado to hit the U.S. since 1947. The death toll in the city of 50,000 residents has hit 123 and is expected to climb further. Local authorities said about 1,500 people are unaccounted for, but cautioned that the number likely includes many people who have not been able to reach friends and family because of spotty cellphone service.

The death toll from the tornadoes this week, along with more than 300 killed by other tornadoes in recent weeks in the southern U.S., has pushed the year's total to more than 500, the highest number of U.S. tornado deaths since 1953, when 519 were recorded.

U.S. President Barack Obama says he will travel to Joplin on Sunday. Speaking during a visit to London Tuesday, Mr. Obama pledged that the federal government will use all available resources to help the victims recover and rebuild.

Rescue workers in the Missouri city continued to search through the devastation on Wednesday in hopes of finding more trapped survivors. Cheers erupted Tuesday when volunteers heard that another person had been found alive.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid