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A huge tornado with winds of up to 320 km/h tore through the suburb of Moore outside Oklahoma city on Monday, May 20,2013, ripping up at least two schools and leaving a wake of tangled wreckage behind it.

The three-kilometer wide whirlwind wiped out the entire neighborhoods, trapping victims beneath the rubble and rising a large dearth toll. Television videos from the scene and air showed tracts of homes destroyed, vehicles tossed about and piled atop one another as if they were toys, and some buildings on fire. The town was blackout as the many electricity transmission poles were blown down, crippling the instant rescue effort. But under bright spotlights by generators in fire-fighting vehicles, the National Guard, firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments and rescuers coming from other states worked all night trying to find survivors in this town of 55,000 residents.

The rescuers sifted through the rubble one by one, they literally lifted the walls up searching the survivors as possible as they could find. “24 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage, including 10 kids.” The chief administrative office of the State said, “they pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them. So far, 101 people had been pulled from debris alive, with some in critical condition. ”

U.S. President Obama offered condolences for the victims of a deadly tornado in Oklahoma and pledged to focus the nation’s resources on recovery and rebuilding of the flattened town. “As a nation, our full focus right now is on the urgent work of rescue and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies ahead.” He said.

Facing such disastrous knock-on effect, It will take time to recover the once thriving town. 

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