At least 23 people were killed and dozens more injured as tornadoes and severe storms devastated communities in the US state of Mississippi.
(Central News Agency) At least 23 people were killed and dozens more were injured as tornadoes and severe storms ripped through the state of Mississippi overnight, tearing off roofs and flattening neighborhoods, leaving at least 23 people dead and dozens of others injured as they traveled more than 160 kilometers of devastation, Mississippi officials and local residents said today.
Agence France-Presse and Reuters reported that the Mississippi State Emergency Management Agency tweeted that the storm hit Silver City (Silver City), a town of 200 people in western Mississippi, and rescue teams continued to search for survivors among the rubble. Four people are still missing.
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The tweet said the death toll was expected to rise.
Rescue teams also launched a search and rescue operation in (Rolling Fork), where 1,700 people live, which borne the brunt of the tornado, CNN reported.
"I've never seen anything like it. It's a small town, but it's gone now," town resident Brandy Showah told CNN.
Shelwa said her grandmother's home suffered huge damage. "Several houses collapsed and my friend was trapped at home, but we got her out," adding that her grandmother's neighbors are still trapped in the house.
Todd Terrell, president of the United Cajun Navy, a nonprofit group of relief volunteers, said Rolling Fork was "devastated" with many people trapped in their homes.
He compared the devastation to the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, which killed 161 people.
From the evening of the 24th to the morning of the 25th, the National Weather Service (National Weather Service) received at least 24 reports of tornadoes from wind chasers and observers.
The range extends from western Mississippi north into central Mississippi and into Alabama.
Photos released by the media showed that many buildings were turned into ruins, vehicles overturned, and people crawled out of the rubble in the dark to escape.
"Many in the Mississippi Delta need your prayers and God's protection tonight," Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted.
"At least 23 people in Mississippi were killed by last night's powerful tornado. We know of many more injured. Rescue teams continue to operate," Levitz said.
"We have activated medical support, sending additional ambulances and other emergency supplies to those affected," he said.
Mississippi has been hit by tornadoes and severe storms that overturned cars.
Silver City, Mississippi, USA was almost leveled after a tornado struck.