US President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to
stand by the victims of a massive tornado that left a broad swathe of
destruction in the US state of Oklahoma and killed at least 24.
"As a nation, our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue," Obama said from the White House as emergency personnel in Moore, Oklahoma, outside Oklahoma City, continued to comb through the wreckage.
He said the community would get everything it needs from the federal government and noted emergency officials from around the country were already on the ground.
"The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them for as long as it takes," he said, noting that the full extent of the damage and the death toll remained uncertain.
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