Tornados ripped through the states of Mississippi and Arkansas in the U.S.A. on Monday (29?
Tornados ripped through the states of Mississippi and Arkansas in the U.S.A. on Monday (29 March) killing 12 people and injuring 300.
The worst hit were the towns of Cabot in Arkansas where five died and more than a hundred were injured, and Canton in Mississippi where 3 died and more than 120 were injured.
As the tornado hit canton it swept right through the town leaving a four mile path of death and destruction in its path. Two of he dead were crushed when the furniture factory in which they were working was flattened. survivors reported seeing cars being completely picked up by the wind and tossed around like matchboxes. Houses were ripped from their foundations and dashed into unrecognisable piles of rubble.
In Cabot practically all of the businesses in the main street were levelled and early estimates put the damage at more than 4 million pounds (8 million dollars)
But police in Cabot said it could have been worse. the tornado narrowly missed a school where hundred of children were in class.
Many of those left homeless were hysterical as rescue workers stared digging in the rubble for the dead and injured. Some soon had their fears dispersed as their friends and families were found unharmed but others faced more anguish as their loved ones were found dead or rushed to hospital injured.
SYNOPSIS: A resident in Canton in the American state of Mississippi had the courage and presence of mind to shoot this graphic picture with his home movie camera of the tornado that hit the town on Monday leaving three dead and more than a hundred and twenty injured.
Two of those killed were in a furniture factory when it was flattened.
The tornado tore through the town leaving a four mile path of destruction behind it. rows of houses were torn from their foundations and smashed into thousands of unrecognisable pieces.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing cars picked up by the high-force winds and tossed about like toys. Hundreds were left homeless by the disaster and many people were hysterical and shocked as rescue workers started to dig for the dead and injured.
In Cabot in 'arkansas he story was the same with five dead and again more than a hundred injured. Nearly the whole business centre was levelled. Police say the disaster could have been worse - the tornado narrowly missed a school where hundreds children were still in class.