US hit by powerful tornadoes; rescuers search for survivors and victims

The US have been hit by dozens of powerful tornadoes, which turned buildings and homes into rubble and left more than 80 dead, British public broadcaster BBC reports.
The tornadoes took place last week in the US states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. Thousands of people had their homes destroyed though the exact number was still not known.
Kentucky state governor Andy Beshear noted, when visiting the devastated town of Mayfield that the wind had wrecked places all along its 365-kilometre path. «Nothing that was standing in the direct line of [one] tornado is still standing. (..) We’re still hoping as we move forward for some miracles to find more people,» the state governor said as the rescue effort continued.
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As more than 80 victims have been found, according to the AFP news agency, Beshear estimated that the death toll could pass a hundred. Over the weekend, rescue workers scoured debris for survivors while teams distributed water and generators to residents. In addition to the rescue effort, over than 300 members of the US National Guard were going door to door and removing debris, BBC reports.