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Recent tornadoes in US second-deadliest ever

media Entire buildings were destroyed in Tuscaloosa Reuters/Marvin Gentry

The death toll from deadly tornadoes in the US rose to at least 350 on Saturday making the storms the second-deadliest in US history. In Alabama alone the storms have claimed 254 lives.

In addition nearly 2,000 people in the state were either taken to hospital or injured while eight are missing. Entire blocks were demolished in Tuscaloosa, a city of 90,000 residents.

The US suffered the worst wave of tornadoes on 25 March 1925 which claimed the lives of 747 people.

President Barack Obama has pledged help for the region including Tuscaloosa and dozens of other cities and town across the southern states which have been hit by the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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