Washington, May 23 (Prensa Latina) At least 89 people died after a tornado practically wiped out the city of Joplin, Missouri in the U.S. Midwest, authorities said Monday.
CNN broadcast footage this morning showing the complete devastation of that city of about 50,000, especially its south side, where powerful winds flattened shops and restaurants on Sunday, CNN reported.
City Manager Mark Rohr said at a press conference in front of a demolished hospital that the tornado left a strip of over 10 kilometers (more than 6 miles) in ruins.
The Missouri National Guard began search and rescue efforts at dawn, and it was believed that the death toll could rise, USA Today newspaper reported.
The same system of storms that brought about the tornado in Joplin sparked tornados from Oklahoma (center-south) to Wisconsin (Midwest) and at least one person died in Minneapolis, Minnesota while 29 were critically injured. One death was reported in Kansas, as well.