Health officials have said that a rare infection which arises from the flying debris from last tornado is responsible for the health risk that is faced by the residents of Joplin in Missouri. The infection is called fungal infection and it has already affected well over 900 people.
The officials said that those who are affected by the fungal infection are those who are injured by the tornado. The soil and plant matter from the debris permeated the skin of the injured people and it is now causing the fungal infection among them. Already the health officials have confirmed that about 151 people have died of the infection while several others are still infected. The officials also passed a warning to the hospitals in Joplin to know of the infection when treating the patients that were injured by the tornado.
The officials said that the last 8 deaths were as a result of the same injury. The figure also included the death of police officers who died after sustaining light injuries from the tornado attack. The health officials said that these police men were initially not included in the figure.
It would be recalled that on May 22 tornado ravaged the region of Joplin in Missouri State causing the death of many people.
Casualties have continued to increase as a result of the tornado that struck Joplin in southwest Missouri in the United States of America. About 11 people were confirmed dead following the storm that affected the nursing home center in Joplin. The storm struck the home and destroyed the building according to the home operator.
Since the incident occurred the death toll has continued to increase, it is estimated that about 122 people had lost their lives while over 750 others sustained different forms of injury. The storm was the highest so far experienced in the city. Even as the city residents are trying to come in terms with the disaster there is tornado warning that is issued for some parts of the state. Tornado incidents were confirmed in some parts of the country such as the Ohio which affected trees and cut off power supply.
It appears that the storm that hit Joplin early this week is the deadliest since 1950 when the National Weather Service started taking records of tornados. In the history of the United States of America it is rated as the 8th deadliest storm to hit any part of the country. The Sunday incident claimed the live of more than 100 residents and the nursing home alone had more than 10 of this figure.
The United States faces vicious cycles of devastation once again, this time due to ravaging tornadoes killing around 77 people in the Southern part Wednesday.
Alabama lost 61 people in powerful storms while 16 people were killed in neighboring Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. In Alabama, 15 people were found dead in the Tuscaloosa alone due to decimated infrastructure. Eleven people lost their lives in Jefferson County near Birmingham.
The University of Alabama was severely damaged due to collapse of many buildings and 100 people were injured and hospitalized for emergency treatment.
According to the city mayor Maddox, the Tuscaloosa experienced more devastating impact of tornadoes due to its dense population and infrastructure.
President Obama had a talk with. Robert Bentley, governor of Alabama and approved emergency federal assistance for the state. He also sent search teams and rescue assets immediately to the places damaged severely. The Wednesday storm was initiated due to terrific weather conditions near Southern region and East Coast. More storms are being predicted even today.
Tornadoes have moved eastward now from Texas to Georgia and the experts fear more thunderstorms very soon.
Following the deadly tornadoes in this week there have been a continuum of storms killing 10 people in Mississippi and Arkansas.
The rampant US economy receives another severe setback with yesterday’s tornado. Almost seven states of the country have converted into loads of debris and dead bodies due to one of the largest storm in the states. Around 45 people have been reported killed and many are missing. Thousands of people in North Carolina, Virginia and Oklahoma have become homeless.
The continuous three-day disaster that had 241 tornadoes altogether affected more than 14 states in the United States. Experts have also warned over probability of more storms over central and Southern regions in the coming week. The same may revisit the areas, which have already been devastated in this tornado.
North Carolina and Virginia have been worst affected due to damage by the tornado. , Hundreds of people have been injured and many of the residents are missing in the rubble.
A family in Raleigh lost three children due to collapse of their home during the storm. The government authorities are yet taking account of number of deaths and loss of properties during the disaster.
At least 10 people were killed alone in Berties and 50 were injured in the stormy weather. Raleigh
Seven states have been damaged though however, North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency after seeing the level of devastation in the county. Carolina has experienced worst ever series of storms since 1984.