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Aid rushed to storm-hit US states

A woman sorts through the remains of a house in Picher, Oklahoma. Photo: 11 May 2008
A number of houses were flattened by the storms

Federal authorities in the US are sending aid to the three south-central states hit by last weekend's tornadoes which killed at least 22 people.

At least 15 people died in Missouri, six in Oklahoma and one in Georgia. A number of people were also injured.

Officials warn the death toll could rise as rescuers are sifting through the rubble looking for survivors.

President George W Bush called it a "sad day", saying Washington "will be moving hard to help".

The American Red Cross has now opened shelters for those affected by the tornadoes.

'One right after another'

A tornado severely damaged the north-eastern Oklahoma town of Picher late on Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring some 150 people.

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Amateur footage of tornado in McAlester, Oklahoma

An emergencies official in Picher said a 24-street area of the town had been "virtually destroyed".

Television images showed overturned cars, homes ripped from their foundations and trees stripped of their leaves.

The storm then hit a rural area near the south-western Missouri town of Seneca and continued east.

At least 15 people died and scores more were injured across the state.

"The last two years we've had floods and tornadoes - it's just one right after another," said Susie Stonner of the State Emergency Management Agency.

In Georgia, one of at least six tornadoes killed a person in Dublin, about 120 miles (193km), south-west of Atlanta.


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