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25 feared dead as tornado hits Mississippi

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At least 25 people have died after a devastating combination of tornados and storms battered the US state of Mississippi, local officials said on Saturday.

Dozens more have been injured, and four people have been reported missing. Local authorities have also stated that the town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, is “gone.”

A tornado moving at 50 miles per hour (80.46 km/h) hit Silver City and Rolling Fork on Friday night, almost wholly leveling the latter. Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge Walker lamented that his “city is gone” while promising residents that rescue efforts were underway and the town would be rebuilt.

Video and images of the aftermath posted to social media show scenes of total devastation, with large areas completely reduced to scraps and rubble and cars and trucks torn up and deposited on top of what were once buildings.

 

 

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