Powerful tornadoes have torn through parts of the US MidWest, killing at least 89 people, say officials. Most of the victims came from the Missouri town of Joplin, a town of some 50,000 people, now left in ruins.
Emergency crews laboured through the night, combing through mounds of rubble and debris in a desperate search for survivors. The storms continued to build on violent weather this spring in the United States that claimed more than 330 lives last month as tornadoes swept seven states.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and announced he was ordering National Guard troops be deployed to help state troopers and other agencies respond to storms that he said “have caused extensive damage across Missouri.”