Deadly twister strikes Missouri

Devastation Joplin, Missouri, USA 23 May 2011 (Reuters)

The deadliest tornado to hit the United States since June 1953 struck the southwestern Missouri city of Joplin yesterday, claiming at least 90 lives.

Many more are missing and injured as searchers look through rubble in this city of 50,000.

The main hospital had its roof blown off and a nursing home and downtown restaurant area also took direct hits.

UPDATE – As of 27 May, officials say the death toll had reached 126 with more than 200 more missing.