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US tornadoes kill 35, threaten more damage in South

Published on Apr 30, 2014 7:24 AM

TUPELO (REUTERS) - At least 35 people across six states were killed in tornadoes unleashed by a ferocious storm system that razed neighbourhoods and threatened more destruction in heavily populated parts of the US South on Tuesday.

In Arkansas and Mississippi, the hardest hit states, there have been 27 confirmed storm-related deaths and more than 200 people injured over the last three days as tornadoes reduced homes to splinters, snapped trees like twigs and sent trucks flying through the air like toys.

Deaths were also reported in Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday, and Alabama and Tennessee on Monday.

Makeshift shelters have been set up for thousands of families forced out of their homes while the National Guard, local police and residents who had lost all their possessions sifted through the rubble looking for more victims. "People were running around screaming, trying to find their kids. There was nothing left," Melba Reed said as she described the aftermath of a tornado in Louisville, Mississippi, a town of about 7,000 in the central part of the state.

Kevin Melton (left) and Larry Lamb look at a home that was destroyed by a tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi on April 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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