Rescue workers picked their way through the rubble on Friday (11 May) left by tornadoes which ripped up parts of two States, killing at least seven people and leaving hundreds hurt or without homes.
AERIAL V Disaster scene showing factory and homes damaged (2 shots)
SV Overturned caravans (mobile homes)(2 shots)
SV People clear debris and collect belongings (4 shots)
GV Damaged building (2 shots)
GV & SV Damaged buildings and car buried in rubble (5 shots)
AERIAL V Damaged buildings and debris
SV Debris fouled in telegraph pole PULL BACK TO reveal salvage workers and people (3 shots)
GV TRACKING SHOT Damaged buildings (dwellings) seen from street
SV Household electrical gadgets (TV, phone) and people clearing debris
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Background: Rescue workers picked their way through the rubble on Friday (11 May) left by tornadoes which ripped up parts of two States, killing at least seven people and leaving hundreds hurt or without homes.
Northern Ohio was the worst hit area. The 'twister' slammed into the small town of Willard on Thursday night (10 May). By midday on Friday, it had spread on an erratic path to dozens of other towns in Ohio and over the border into Missouri.
In Ohio, at least four people were killed and ten others were reported missing. In Willard, more than 100 people were injured. From Joplin in Missouri, an official report puts the death toll there at three, with 200 injured. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed.
The Red Cross began an emergency relief operation immediately, looking after the homeless in public buildings. There's also been state-wide looting, and the National Guard has already arrested several people.
So far, the damage estimate stands at a vague 'several million dollars', but it will be weeks before a more accurate estimate can be given.