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A devastating tornado ranging EF5 on the tornado scale razed through the suburb of Moore in Oklahoma City, USA on Monday 21 May 2013 and remained on ground for 45 minutes. The winds of up to 200 mph, spread over an area of 2 miles, destroyed schools, flattened buildings and wrecked 2400 homes. The tornado killed 24 people including 9 children. More than 230 people were injured. In the Plaza Tower neighbourhood, one elementary school was completely raised to the ground with children inside it. Many lives were saved because people were able to take safe shelter in time. The destroyed town lies in the “Tornado Alley” which stretches from parts of Texas through the Great Plains up to parts of South Dakota and Minnesota and has been hit by massive tornadoes in the past as well.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in this heartbreaking disaster.”
Muslim Aid’s partners in the USA have started relief efforts. Americares sent a disaster relief team to Oklahoma to assess the damage. The ICNA Relief USA issued a call for disaster response. Muslims without Borders have also called for help to those working in disaster response.