Oklahoma Tornado Leaves 91 People, Including 20 Children, Dead

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/ May 21, 2013

A natural disaster has left the state of Oklahoma in shambles after a deadly tornado ripped through the city of Moore and took the lives of at least 91 people, including 20 children.

Rescue and search teams have worked vigorously through the early morning hours on Tuesday (May 21) in hopes of locating survivors, the New York Times reports. The risk of tornadoes continued to remain high, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman.

Amy Elliott, the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City medical examiner, said hospitals reported at least 145 people injured, including 70 children. The death toll is expected to climb as well.

Rescue teams, including many teachers, were able to pull victims out of the rubble after the tornado wiped out everything in its path, including one hospital and two schools, Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School.

President Obama declared a federal disaster in the area late Monday, sending federal aid to several counties in Oklahoma.

“The President praised the brave first responders, and made clear that the country would stand behind the people of Oklahoma as they continued to respond and recover,” the White House said in a statement. He is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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