Philippines sympathizes with victims of Oklahoma tornado

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


MANILA -- The Philippines joined other nations in expressing sympathy and grief for the residents of Oklahoma City suburb of Moore in the United States that was struck by a gigantic tornado on Monday.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte expressed sadness over the "loss of young lives in this catastrophe" and offered prayers for the victims, their families and friends.

"The Filipino people join the world in grief in the wake of a devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma City and its environs. We extend our sympathies to the thousands affected by this calamity, among them the Filipino-American community, who are confronted by the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and their homes," Valte said.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of young lives in this catastrophe, many of whom perished in a school. Our thoughts and prayers are with their parents and families in these difficult times. May all the victims of this disaster find solace and strength in the days ahead," she added.

According to reports, a giant tornado measuring around two miles wide struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and its environs killing 24 people, nine of them were children. Packing winds of at least 200 miles per hour (320 kilometer per hour), the storm has been upgraded to the level of a powerful twister. (SDR/Sunnex)

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