Devastated Joplin is still counting cost of tornado

Amid the apocalyptic descriptions of the massive tornado that struck the small town of Joplin, Missouri, last week, one stark comment stood out.

28th May, 2011

Amid the apocalyptic descriptions of the massive tornado that struck the small town of Joplin, Missouri, last week, one stark comment stood out.

A spokeswoman for the local electricity company told the Wall Street Journal that the number of people remaining without electricity had fallen from 20,000 to 11,500 - but between 8,000 and 10,000 ‘‘won’t need service because they have no house’’.

There were other tornadoes through the Midwest region last week,...

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