A deadly tornado has swept through Mississippi and Alabama, resulting in at least 26 fatalities. Search and rescue operations are ongoing, and the Mississippi state government has declared a state of emergency.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves visited the affected areas and called the situation a “tragic moment,” thanking first responders and neighbors for their support. He has requested an expedited disaster declaration for the region, vowing to secure as many resources as possible.
“Many in the MS Delta need your prayer and God’s protection tonight,” Gov. Tate said on Twitter. “We have activated medical support — surging more ambulances and other emergency assets for those affected. Search and rescue is active.”
Amory first responders and volunteers ending the day by bowing their heads in prayer for their community.
Incredibly inspired by how Mississippians have come together in this tragic moment. God is good, and our state is strong. pic.twitter.com/yldjJGGSYS
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 25, 2023
As more storms are expected to impact Alabama and Georgia, search and rescue efforts continue in Mississippi.
US President Joe Biden expressed his condolences, describing the images from Mississippi as “heartbreaking.” He has ordered federal aid to support local recovery efforts, including temporary housing, home repairs, and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.