Oklahoma city tornado

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tornado leaves 24 dead, including nine children, in Oklahoma city

Tornado leaves 24 dead, including nine children, in Oklahoma city

OKLAHOMA - Tornado left 24 dead, including nine children, in Oklahoma City of America.

The tornado which had been very severe most recently in 1999, has been very effective for two days.

City of Moore, a suburb of 55,000 people, was the worst affected area.

Anadolu Agency (AA) team viewed the destruction caused by the tornado in Moore.

The authorities of the State of Oklahoma said tornado disaster killed 24 people including 9 children in a written statement.

At its strongest, the tornado reached speeds of up to 321 km and a width of about 2.1 km.

Turkish citizens living in Oklahoma supported the aid campaigns organized for the survivors of the tornado.

President Barack Obama has declared a `major disaster` in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid for the state.

Search-and-rescue efforts will continue throughout the night, officials said.

Moore was hit by a series of major tornadoes on May 3, 1999, which left 40 people dead and caused a damage of over $1 billion.

About 2,400 homes were damaged in the Oklahoma city of Moore and 10,000 people were directly impacted by the tornado.

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