China News Network, March 3 According to US media reports, a strong storm hit Mississippi and other places in the southeastern United States on the evening of the 26th local time, and as of the evening of the 24th local time, at least 25 people have been killed and dozens injured, and rescue work is still continuing.
Mississippi was hit by strong storms and tornadoes, and after the storm, it was devastated.
Local officials said that on the night of the 24th, a strong storm and at least one tornado hit the southeastern states of Mississippi and Alabama, toppling the roofs of a large number of houses and nearly flattening some neighborhoods.
The death toll from severe storms and tornadoes has now risen to 26. At least 25 people died in the disaster in Mississippi, and a man in Alabama died after being rescued by first responders.
After the storm, it was a mess.
In the city of Silva, one of the worst-hit areas, a tornado was confirmed by local officials.
Another small town, Rollin Fokke, was almost completely destroyed. Brandi, a resident of the town, said: "I have never seen anything like this. It's a small town, but it's all gone now. ”
"It's too bad out there," said Hart Horn, a resident of the state. "It's a disaster. Ground zero. ”
Mississippi Rep. Benny Thompson also said the tornado swept through his district with "unimaginable destruction."
According to data from the US power tracking website PowerOutage.us, as of the afternoon of the 25th local time, more than 32000,<> homes and businesses in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee were still without power.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says search and rescue operations are underway in Shaky and Humphreys counties. The agency issued a series of tornado warnings in counties across the state.
Image source: Screenshot of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's social media accounts
Mississippi Gov. Reeves issued a state of emergency in all counties affected by the severe storm.
Infographic: US President Joe Biden. Photo: China News Agency reporter Sha Hanting
US President Biden said on the 25th local time that he is praying for people who lost loved ones in tornadoes.
"The images from all over Mississippi are heartbreaking. While we are still assessing the full extent of the loss, we know that many fellow Americans are grieving not only for their families and friends, they have lost their homes and businesses," Biden said.
He added, "To those affected by these devastating storms, and to first responders and emergency responders who are working to help their fellow Americans: We will do everything we can to help." We will be there for as long as needed. Together, we will work to provide the support needed to recover. ”