At least 280 people died in the southern United States due to the formation of tornadoes that devastated the region over the past few days, locai authorities said yesterday. In Alabama, state which had so far the largest number of deaths, 194 people lost their lives, said Gov. Robert Bentley told a news conference yesterday. There were large numbers of dead at more than five U.S. states. According to latest information, there were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 14 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia have declared an emergency in some regions of their states. "We call on President Obama, to expedite the request for assistance to Alabama by a huge disaster," said Governor Robert Bentley told reporters, adding that 500 000 people are without power. "Our hearts are with everyone affected by this devastation, we are ready to help Alabama," said President Barack Obama by a message on Twitter.Trata is the deadliest series of tornadoes in decades in the southern United States. According to the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, the storms that hit the region led to the formation of at least 137 made only late on Wednesday. The White House said that Obama spoke yesterday with Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA), Craig Fugate, to discuss the disaster in Alabama, Mississippi and other states. They said that FEMA is supporting a "robust response effort" Alabama officials made pleas and Obama asked the two officials who are "aggressive and comprehensive" in its efforts. Obama asked also that Fugate travel to Alabama to Cooden the relief effort with state and local authorities.
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