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Death toll rises in Joplin, Missouri

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 01:41

May 28 - Seven more are confirmed dead in Joplin, Missouri raising the death toll from a powerful tornado to 139, ahead of U.S. President Obama's visit. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Seven more people are confirmed dead in Joplin, Missouri raising the number of fatalities from the powerful tornado to 139. Now comes the clean up. The tornado, already the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947, injured more than 900 people, and left Joplin a partial wasteland. Lindy Molina returned to her hometown of Joplin after the tornado to find her sister and nephew. SOUNDBITE: Lindy Molina, saying (English): "We have recovered my nephew; he's alive and well at a Kansas city hospital but unfortunately we've been unable to locate my sister." Molina said she had heard from neighbors her sister was dead. Six days after the tornado, some find hope in the wreckage. Others issue warnings. U.S. President Barack Obama, just back from a trip to Europe, is scheduled to visit the traumatized city of 50,000 people on Sunday and will speak at a community memorial service. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Death toll rises in Joplin, Missouri

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 01:41