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Scores left dead by US tornado

Scores left dead by US tornado
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At least 89 people are now known to have died after a powerful tornado hit Joplin in the US state of Missouri.

Many other towns across the MidWest are counting the cost of tornadoes passing but in Joplin the death toll is the highest.

Video made by so-called storm chasers who track such weather events, showed an extremely ferocious twister on its indiscriminate path of destruction.

Whole neighbourhoods were flattened, cars and trucks smashed or flipped over and fires burned amid piles of debris.

Rescue crews from throughout the region were deployed to the town of about 50,000 people to help dig through the rubble, and aid those left injured and homeless.

The storm followed an earlier burst of violent spring weather in the United States that claimed over 330 lives as tornadoes swept seven states last month.