Britain expresses sympathy for victims of US tornadoes

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Saturday said he was "deeply saddened" by the suffering caused by tornadoes in the southern United States that have killed at least 350 people.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss and suffering caused by the devastating tornadoes that have ravaged Alabama and the south of the United States in recent days," he said in a statement.

"I offer my condolences to all those who have lost relatives or been injured or left homeless. My thoughts are also with all those that continue in the rescue efforts."

The twisters have sparked the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.

In Alabama, the worst-hit state, Wednesday's storms claimed 254 lives, the state Emergency Management Agency reported.

There were also deaths in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia, state officials said.

© 2011 AFP

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