قتلى زوابع أوكلاهوما الأميركية إلى 91 مواطناً بينهم عشرون طفلاً First pictures of the missing tornado children

رئيس التحرير-ديلي مايل
2019.08.16 16:10



                                                                                                                                                                             قتل ما لا يقل عن 91 شخصا بينهم عشرون طفلا جراء إعصار اجتاح الليلة الماضية ضاحية مدينة أوكلاهوما جنوب الولايات المتحدة. وأشارت إيمي اليوت المسؤولة في القطاع الصحي في ولاية أوكلاهوما في حديث لشبكة سي إن إن إلى أن الإعصار العنيف المصحوب برياح وصلت سرعتها إلى 320 كيلومترا في الساعة ضرب الليلة الماضية مدينة مور البالغ عدد سكانها 55 ألف نسمة بضاحية أوكلاهوما فأوقع 91 قتيلا وألحق أضرارا بمئات المباني بينها مدرستان.

وأضافت.. عثر على أربعين جثة أخرى بينما كانت الحصيلة السابقة تشير إلى سقوط 51 قتيلا.

ولفتت إليوت في تصريح لوكالة الصحافة الفرنسية إلى أن معظم الأطفال الذين قتلوا عمرهم دون الثانية عشرة.

وكان الرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما أعلن أوكلاهوما منطقة كوارث بعد الأعاصير القاتلة التي ضربتها يومي الأحد و الاثنين الماضيين كما أمر بإرسال معونة اتحادية لدعم جهود سلطات الولاية والسلطات المحلية.

ونقلت رويترز عن البيت الأبيض قوله اليوم إن المعونة الاتحادية يمكن أن تشمل منحا للإسكان المؤقت وإصلاحات المباني وخسائر الممتلكات غير المشمولة بالتأمين وغيرها من جهود التعافي.
 

First pictures of the missing tornado children: Parents agony after seven kids drown in Oklahoma City school flattened by two-mile twister and rescuers search for many more buried under rubble Two entire schools flattened in Moore, Oklahoma after 200 mph winds pulverized a 30-square-mile stretch yesterday Officials originally said there were as many as 91 people dead - with 51 confirmed - but on Tuesday morning they corrected this to say there were 24 confirmed dead; some people had been counted twice amid the chaos
Authorities now fear for around 40 more; at least 240 have been injured, including 60 children More than 20 children could be among the dead, including the seven found drowned in Plaza Towers
Children were told to hold on to the walls, while teachers shielding the students with their bodies Hundreds of homes wiped out and more than 50,000 people left without power
The devastating tornado was larger than 1999 storm in the area that left 36 people dead

Devastated families are frantically searching for young children trapped under the rubble of an elementary school that was flattened after a monster two-mile wide tornado roared through Moore in Oklahoma, leaving dozens dead.

Initial reports said as many as 91 people across the suburb south of Oklahoma City could have been killed in the tragedy, but officials confirmed on Tuesday morning there have been 24 deaths, including nine children. They explained that some had been counted twice amid the chaos.

Officials now fear for as many as 40 others and expect the death count to rise. At least 240 people are injured, 60 of these children, and searches continue for people who could be trapped under the rubble of flattened homes and buildings.

Nine-year-old Janae Hornsby is among the children missing after Plaza Towers Elementary School was reduced to debris on Monday afternoon after the building took a direct hit during the 45 minutes of terror.

Janaes heartbroken father, an Iraq veteran, and grandmother released images of the young girl who always has a smile on her face and have put out a desperate plea for information after they failed to reach Plaza Towers before the 200mph winds rattled through.

She is among as many as 24 children aged between five and eight missing from the school, where seven youngsters were found drowned on Monday night after water pipes burst beneath the rubble.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster area in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in Moore. Speaking from the White House on Tuesday morning, he said that FEMA staff were on the ground to provide support to residents.

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Fears: Nine-year-old Janae Hornsby, pictured left and right with her father, is among the missing children after a tornado ravaged the town of Moore, Oklahoma

Horror: Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. The desperate search continued overnight for two dozen children feared dead after yesterdays monstrous tornado, which already took the lives of seven of their classmates

Shock: Two girls stand in rubble surveying the scene of devastation following the horrific tornado

Survivors: A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, and passed along to rescuers

 
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He offered his condolences to the community following one of the most destructive storms in history, said that his prayers would be with the state and promised whatever resources they may require in the coming days and weeks.

As a nation, our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue, he said. The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground for them, beside them, for as long as it takes for their homes and schools to rebuild, for their parents... and of course for frightened children.

There are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms... and in time we e going to refill those spaces with love and laughs and community.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin expressed her grief on behalf of her state for the parents of the missing children,  as the death toll across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore escalated.

Our hearts are broken for the parents that are wondering about the state of their children that had been in the schools that have been hit today, Fallin said. I know that there are families wondering where their loved ones are.

She added that rescuers were looking under every single piece of debris for the missing.

Rescue teams, including 80 members of the National Guard and search dogs, had reported hearing cries for help from beneath the rubble of the flattened school but the screams reportedly stopped at around 6:30 p.m. local time. 

Obama promises full support for tornado-hit Oklahoma
 

 

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